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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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  • City of Phoenix Spends $10,000 a Week on Attorneys to Defend CityNorth Subsidy

    Posted on January 08, 2008 | Type: In the News

    Goldwater, NFIB file briefs in CityNorth case

  • Trust But Verify

    Posted on January 02, 2008 | Type: Blog | Author: Byron Schlomach

    Trust but verify. That's how Ronald Reagan described his philosophy of dealing with the Soviet Union on nuclear arms reductions. It should also be our philosophy when it comes to how government spends our money.

  • Racial Preferences Rampant in Arizona Government

    Posted on December 04, 2007 | Type: Press Release

    Phoenix's debate is brewing in Arizona over a voter initiative aimed at ending racial and gender preferences in government employment, contracting, and at universities. Opponents of the Arizona Civil Rights Initiative say there are no preference programs in Arizona to end and the initiative is a solution in search of a problem.

  • Goldwater Institute Goes to Bat for Tattoo Studio Entrepreneurs

    Posted on November 06, 2007 | Type: Press Release

    Phoenix--Tom Preston has owned and operated Virtual Reality, a tattoo studio in Mesa, for 14 years, with no consumer complaints or legal infractions. But when he and his wife, Elizabeth, sought to open a new studio in a vacant storefront in a strip mall on Scottsdale Road in Tempe, the City Council gave him a resounding no.

  • Preston v. Hallman (Defending small business owners)

    Posted on November 05, 2007 | Type: Case

    After winning the lawsuit but not being awarded damages, the Goldwater Institute appealed to recover damages on behalf of the Prestons. The City of Tempe also appealed the judge's decision. On June 17, 2010, the Prestons and the City of Tempe both agreed to drop their appeals.

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