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<p>Back-room deals and closed doors are not the stuff of free governments. Our work is making governments more transparent and accountable to citizens.</p>

Phoenix—Today the Arizona Supreme Court ruled that state lawmakers have legal standing to challenge the hospital provider tax that is being used to fund a Medicaid eligibility expansion. The Court’s decision does not mean the hospital tax is legal or illegal; the decision simply allows the case to move forward and be heard on the merits. 

“After a year and a half of stalling tactics by the Brewer Administration, state lawmakers will finally have their day in court to challenge this illegal tax,” said Christina Sandefur, a senior attorney at the Goldwater Institute.

City of Tucson’s Local Business Bid Preference Ordinance Headed to Court

Judge to hear arguments in Goldwater Institute lawsuit

 

Contact: Starlee Coleman

scoleman@goldwaterinstitute.org


 

Arizona government entered modern financial transparency in 2008 when the legislature approved the launch of the Arizona Open Books website. When the website came online in 2011, the state essentially opened its checkbook by posting individual transactions to the web. This report assesses the usefulness of Arizona’s Open Books website and reveals questionable financial transactions.
 
Numerous states are shaking off decades-old union shackles that have dampened job growth, weighed down economies, and created fiscal crises. The rust-belt states of Michigan and Indiana are the latest to convert to right-to-work states, putting them on a better footing for economic growth. 
 

Contact: Charles Siler

602-633-8960

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: US FOREST SERVICE CONTINUES TO BLOCK TOMBSTONE, ARIZ RESIDENTS ACCESS TO WATER AS SCORCHING SUMMER APPROACHES, CHOOSING “WILDERNESS PRESERVATION” OVER HUMANS

Federal Officials Say Town May Use Only “Horses and Handtools” to Gain Access to Water in Wilderness

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Contact: Charles Siler

202-487-8652

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: GA LAWMAKERS GREENLIGHT ARTICLE V BALANCED BUDGET AMENDMENT CONVENTION

The Peach State is poised to be the first to pass the Compact for a Balanced Budget

PHOENIX - The state’s economic development agency has formally awarded a $2 million loan to a small, northeast Arizona railway, fulfilling what Goldwater Institute attorneys believe is an unconstitutional special law.

Contact: Charles Siler

(602) 633-8960

 

MEDIA ADVISORY: UNION, CITY ALLIES ASKS JUDGE TO APPROVE EXTRA 16,000 HOURS OF VACATION TIME FOR UNION BUSINESS

Goldwater Institute attorneys will fight new proposal in court Friday

 

 

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