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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>

Contact: Charles Siler

602-633-8960

Contact: Charles Siler

602-633-8960

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

PENSION SPIKING LAWSUIT HIGHLIGHTS GROSS ABUSES OF AMERICAN TAXPAYERS

PUBLIC EMPLOYEES RETIRING AS MILLIONAIRES, WHILE HARDWORKING AMERICANS FOOT THE BILL

 

Contact: Charles Siler

602-633-8960

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

IN APPLE DEAL, GOVERNMENT REPS DON’T GET TO SIGN AWAY “PUBLIC’S RIGHT TO KNOW”

Goldwater Institute will pursue records requests over Apple deal to the fullest extent

 

Read "2013 Legislative Report Card for Arizona's Fifty-First Legislature, First Regular Session"

Read 2013 Legislative Report Card Appendix: part 1, part 2

Look up your legislators' scores

Earlier this week, U.S. Sen Dick Durbin (D-Ill) contacted the Goldwater Institute to inquire about the private organization's relationship to the American Legislative Exchange Council--most notably, whether the Institute has supported ALEC in the past or endorsed the group's "Stand Your Ground" model legislation. The following is a response by Goldwater Institute senior staff to Sen Durbin's office, and this letter (pasted below) will be sent to the office of Sen Durbin today. A PDF of this letter, as well as Sen Durbin's original letter are linked at the bottom of this article.

 
 
Contact: Lucy Caldwell
(602) 633-8986
 
 
 

Have you ever squeezed a balloon and had parts of it squeeze out between your fingers? Unless you pop the balloon with a pin, it will reemerge somewhere else when you squeeze it. Public employee pensions have become balloons, and abuse of public pension systems keeps oozing despite attempts to put the squeeze on it.

In upholding the federal health care law’s individual mandate as a tax, Chief Justice John Roberts reiterated Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes’ promise that “[t]he power to tax is not the power to destroy while this Court sits.” With the IRS’ recent targeted investigations of tea parties, balanced budget advocates, and constitutional study groups across the nation, the Chief Justice may soon have the opportunity to keep his promise.

Recently the very fashionable turned out to bet on their favorites in the Kentucky Derby. But betting on horseraces – economic horseraces – has been all the rage in legislatures across the country for decades. Unfortunately, legislators are more like problem gamblers than successful high-dollar poker stars.

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