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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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  • 2013 Legislative Report Card for Arizona

    Posted on August 22, 2013 | Type: Report | Author: Nick Dranias

    The annual Goldwater Institute Legislative Report Card scores Arizona lawmakers on their support of principles of limited constitutional government. Each piece of legislation is assessed in one of four categories for whether it expands liberty consistent with the Arizona Constitution, or restricts liberty.

  • Goldwater Institute Responds to August 6 Letter from Sen Dick Durbin

    Posted on August 09, 2013 | Type: Blog | Author: Darcy Olsen

    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. This letter, as well as Sen Durbin's original letter are linked at the bottom of this article.

  • Moving Forward: A Road Map for Choice and Competition

    Posted on July 15, 2013 | Type: Report | Author: Andrew N. Kleit

    Choice and competition can drive Arizona’s electricity market to produce more power at a lower cost—with greater economic efficiency propelling greater economic growth and job creation. This article provides a road map with specific recommendations tailored to Arizona's unique market conditions to ensure reform is a success.

  • Arizona Supreme Court Denies School District's Appeal

    Posted on May 31, 2013 | Type: Press Release

    Upholding a decision that protects taxpayers from being abused by school districts misusing bond money, the Arizona Supreme Court affirmed a Court of Appeals ruling Wednesday by denying the Cave Creek Unified School District’s appeal in an ongoing legal fight between the Goldwater Institute and the district.

  • Pension Systems Looting the Taxpayer

    Posted on May 22, 2013 | Type: Blog | Author: Byron Schlomach

    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.

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