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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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  • Fix Traffic, Crime, Education, Forget Rio Nuevo

    Posted on September 30, 2002 | Type: In the News

    Tucson's city officials are having second thoughts about building an aquarium as part of the Rio Nuevo downtown development project. Given the shaky financial state of aquariums nationwide, second thoughts are in order.

  • Political Satirist Speaks in Valley

    Posted on September 06, 2002 | Type: In the News

    P.J. O' Rourke pokes fun at terrorists, U.S. government

  • Eminent Domain Abuse in Arizona: The Growing Threat to Private Property

    Posted on August 16, 2002 | Type: Policy Report | Author: Jordan R. Rose

    The Arizona Constitution contains the very strongest protection of private property rights in the nation. Arizona allows governments to condemn private property only for clearly defined public purposes, such as roadways and police stations, or certain very specific private purposes, such as a right of way or a drain. As written, that constitution gives Arizona property owners complete security against arbitrary condemnation and seizure by local governments. Since 1997, however, when the Arizona State Legislature adopted new redevelopment statutes, the power of governments to take has become frighteningly broad, and the spirit of the Arizona Constitution has been ignored.

  • Carrots and Measuring Sticks - A Survey of State of the Art Contracting in Arizona

    Posted on February 01, 2000 | Type: Report

    There are two strategies public agencies may use to ensure private contractors perform as desired. The first is to focus on inputs and include in the contract specifications how a job is to be performed and with what inputs. The second strategy is to focus on outcomes. Performance-based contracting is a contracting system that concentrates on intended results and incorporates incentives for the contractor to achieve them.

  • An Analysis of U.S. and Arizona Telecommunications Policy

    Posted on October 01, 1996 | Type: Policy Report | Author: Edward E. Zajac

    In February, Congress overwhelmingly passed and President Clinton quickly signed into law the Telecommunications Act of 1996 (called TA96 in this report). The Act amends the Communications Act of 1934. Under the philosophy of the 1934 Act, telecommunications was considered a "natural monopoly" that needed to be regulated. The 1934 Act created the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to do the regulating at the federal level, leaving state regulation to State regulatory commissions.

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