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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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    Posted on January 30, 2007 | Type: Blog | Author: Benjamin Barr

    The Oscars are still a month away, so here are a few awards to tide you over. Drum roll, please.­ The winners of the Golden Turkey Award for taxpayer-funded lobbying are the Department of Transportation, Maricopa County, and the City of Tucson.­ In Arizona, these three government bodies are the top-spenders of tax dollars on lobbyists.­ And while they may be winners of the Golden Turkey Award, the losers are Arizona taxpayers.­

  • Arizona's New Pop Idol

    Posted on January 17, 2007 | Type: Blog | Author: Noah Clarke

    The British Pop band Naked Eyes was ahead of its time. Its 1983 hit song Promises, Promises sums up the Governor's health insurance proposal:

  • Drop the Chalupa

    Posted on January 04, 2007 | Type: Blog | Author: Jeffrey A. Singer

    On December 5, 2006, the City of New York banned the use of trans-fats in restaurants. Ironically, many of the experts proclaiming the dangers of trans-fats were the ones who urged us to embrace them as heart-healthy in the 1980's.

  • Arizona's E-Court

    Posted on December 13, 2006 | Type: Blog | Author: Benjamin Barr

    This time of the year, its tradition to deck the halls with boughs of holly. But Maricopa County courts have decked the halls another way with stacks upon stacks of files. Taking a welcome step into the digital age, Maricopa County's judiciary is about to embrace the old adage that less is more. Take court files for example.

  • The Recycling Labyrinth

    Posted on December 06, 2006 | Type: Blog | Author: Benjamin Barr

    One million dollars. That's what the City of Phoenix spends each year just to remove non-recyclables from its recycling barrels. One reason is, as with many government programs, it isn't always simple for consumers to figure out how to play by the book.

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