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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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  • Tucson Legislators Take Their Lumps in Goldwater Group's Vote Rating

    Posted on September 29, 2003 | Type: In the News

    Tucson's legislators scored poorly on the Goldwater Institute's 2003 Legislative Report Card, which grades legislators according to their commitment to free markets, limited government, rule of law, individual liberty, and individual responsibility.

  • Goldwater Group Gives Low Grades to Legislators

    Posted on September 29, 2003 | Type: In the News

    Republican legislative leaders earned only marginal marks, and no Democrat received higher than a D-grade, from the Goldwater Institute in its analysis of 191 votes during the 2003 Arizona legislative session.

  • Report Card: Arizona Legislators Score Poorly in 2003 Spring Session

    Posted on September 29, 2003 | Type: Press Release

    Phoenix-Arizona legislators scored poorly on the Goldwater Institute's 2003 Legislative Report Card, with averages for both the Senate and House of Representatives under 50 percent in an analysis of 191 votes in the areas of education, constitutional government, regulation, and fiscal policy. Votes were graded according to whether they promoted the principles of limited government, individual liberty, and individual responsibility.

  • Best and Worst of Legislature

    Posted on September 28, 2003 | Type: Article | Author: Satya Thallam

    "If you give a mouse a cookie," a popular children's book says, "he'll want a glass of milk." Simply put, this is standard behavior for legislators: Afforded an inch of responsibility by voters, they soon seize a foot of authority.

  • Big Spenders on Notice

    Posted on September 28, 2003 | Type: Article | Author: Darcy Olsen

    Who can keep track? With state legislators introducing nearly 1,000 bills each session, it's almost impossible to keep an eye on what our representatives are up to.

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