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A government that operates behind closed doors cannot be the government of a free people. The Goldwater Institute has prompted several reforms shining light into the inner workings of government, including the nation’s most comprehensive online database of line-by-line government spending and restrictions on politicians using tax money for self-promotion. Our regular watchdog reports are helping citizens hold their elected officials accountable.

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  • FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: LAWSUIT AIMS TO STOP UNCONSTITUTIONAL BID PREFERENCE POLICIES

    Posted on February 10, 2014 | Type: Press Release

    Bid preference policies cost taxpayers more, enable politicians to play favorites with government dollars

  • Hirshman v. Rothschild (Bid Preference Suit)

    Posted on February 06, 2014 | Type: Case

    The City of Tucson recently enacted a discriminatory local bid preference ordinance, casting off the fundamental concepts of fairness, openness, and predictability in the public procurement process. In doing so, the city raised costs for taxpayers in Tucson and throughout the state, guaranteeing Tucsonans will pay more for public services, while encouraging other cities to discriminate against Tucson businesses that seek to do work outside Old Pueblo.

  • FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: STATE LEGISLATORS ADVANCING ARTICLE V CONVENTION TO TACKLE $17.4 TRILLION FEDERAL DEBT

    Posted on February 04, 2014 | Type: Press Release

    It's no secret that politicians in Washington have a spending addiction--to the tune of roughly $54,000 in federal debt per every newborn baby (that's more than the median household income!). With federal spending burgeoning, lawmakers in at least four states are moving quickly during state legislative sessions to rein in the beltway largess.

  • Pension Managers Among Top-Paid State Workers

    Posted on January 30, 2014 | Type: Blog | Author: Emily Gersema

    The state’s 10 highest-paid agency employees work for a public pension fund that is reportedly under investigation by the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the FBI, new records show.

  • FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: COURT RULES TAXPAYER-FUNDED UNION ACTIVISM ILLEGAL, UNCONSTITUTIONAL

    Posted on January 29, 2014 | Type: Press Release

    Government workers can no longer perform union work on the job

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