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Media Advisory: Ruling Halts Taxpayer-Funded Union ActivismPosted on April 23, 2013 | Type: Press Release
Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Katherine Cooper granted a preliminary injunction Tuesday against the practice of “release time” in a Phoenix labor contract with the local police union, the Phoenix Law Enforcement Association (PLEA). Release time is a provision in government labor contracts allowing public employees to collect taxpayer-funded salaries and benefits while being "released" to do union work, including lobbying, electioneering, and other forms of political activism.
Overestimating Tax Revenue Hurts Vulnerable PopulationsPosted on April 10, 2013 | Type: Press Release
If you lost your job today, would you go on a spending spree like there was no tomorrow? Of course you wouldn’t. Yet that’s exactly what state policymakers chose to do with state coffers when the recession hit and they failed to face up to the economic downturn, continuing to accept sunny revenue forecasts that never came to be.
Goldwater Institute Fighting for Students' First Amendment Rights Violated by Private GroupPosted on March 25, 2013 | Type: Press Release
The Goldwater Institute is representing five public university students whose First Amendment rights were violated when the Arizona Students Association used mandatory tuition surcharges to support a 2012 ballot initiative that the students opposed.
Goldwater Institute Releases Model "School Choice Catalog"Posted on March 11, 2013 | Type: Press Release
From tax-credits to fund tuition scholarships to charter schools to the revolutionary education savings account program, Arizona is the national leader in school choice; the state has a broader range of school options than anywhere else in the country.
Airing Out the Smoke-filled Rooms: Bringing Transparency to Public Union Collective BargainingPosted on January 17, 2013 | Type: Press Release
Secret negotiations over employment contracts between union representatives and government officials are the norm in nearly every state in the union. This keeps taxpayers in the dark about how inflated compensation packages are awarded and even stops journalists from knowing what goes on behind closed doors. In a report released by the Goldwater Institute, Director of Policy Development Nick Dranias and economists Byron Schlomach and Stephen Slivinski survey all 50 states’ transparency requirements for collective bargaining negotiations. The study finds that a mere seven states have open government laws on the books to bring these negotiations out of the shadows.