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MEDIA ADVISORY: Here Are Five Unbelievable Things Government Unions Are Doing With Your Tax DollarsPosted on November 22, 2013 | Type: Press Release | Author: Lucy Morrow Caldwell
Next week, taxpayers represented by the Goldwater Institute will take on a Phoenix, Ariz. police union (PLEA) in court over the practice of “release time,” a contract provision in collectively bargained contracts between local officials and government unions. With release time, government employees such as police officers can be released from their full-time jobs as public workers protecting the safety of our families to do full-time work for the union, while still collecting full salaries and pension benefits.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: DESPITE FEDERAL RETREAT, LOUISIANA VOUCHER PROGRAM REMAINS IN PERIL IN FRIDAY COURT BATTLEPosted on November 21, 2013 | Type: Press Release
Federal district court Judge Ivan Lemelle will hear arguments tomorrow over whether the Louisiana school voucher program, which serves thousands of low-income schoolchildren, should be made subject to a 40-year-old desegregation lawsuit.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: IN APPLE DEAL, GOVERNMENT REPS DON’T GET TO SIGN AWAY “PUBLIC’S RIGHT TO KNOW”Posted on November 08, 2013 | Type: Press Release
Media reports this week indicate that public officials and staff from the Arizona Commerce Authority, the City of Mesa, and Maricopa County have signed confidentiality agreements to hide the content of their meetings with Apple Corporation as they worked to attract the tech giant to open operations in the area. According to the Goldwater Institute, attempts by public officials to hide information about how taxpayer dollars are being spent raises serious legal questions, especially in light of Arizona's broad public records laws requiring open and transparent government.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: STATE LEGISLATORS WORKING TO CREATE IDENTITY THEFT PROTECTIONS AGAINST OBAMACARE NAVIGATORSPosted on October 31, 2013 | Type: Press Release
As exchanges open, millions of federal dollars in navigator grants are being awarded to controversial groups, which will have access to private information yet not require a single background check for their staff.
MEDIA ADVISORY: LOUISIANA FAMILIES ASK JUDGE TO DISMISS OBAMA ADMINISTRATION’S CHALLENGE TO SCHOOL VOUCHER PROGRAMPosted on September 23, 2013 | Type: Press Release | Author: Lucy Morrow Caldwell
Federal desegregation orders remain in effect in over 200 school districts throughout the country. If the Department of Justice succeeds in blocking the voucher program, it could thwart voucher programs, charter school access and other school choice opportunities across the U.S.