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  • Governor Proposes Sweeping Civil-Service Reforms

    Posted on February 16, 2012 | Type: Investigative Report | Author: Mark Flatten

    Unruly, inept and ineffective state workers would face more swift and sure discipline under an overhaul of government personnel rules being pushed by Gov. Jan Brewer.

  • Phoenix Labor Union Targets Former Trustee Who Questioned How Taxpayer Money is Spent

    Posted on October 27, 2011 | Type: Investigative Report | Author: Mark Flatten

    Natasha Nimer had a simple question: As a trustee in a local labor union representing City of Phoenix employees, did she have a duty to check the books of a taxpayer-funded insurance account it managed? So she asked the executive board of AFSCME Local 2960. The response was an emphatic “no.” She dropped the matter and thought it would end there. She was wrong.

  • Money for Nothing: Phoenix taxpayers foot the bill for union work

    Posted on September 21, 2011 | Type: Investigative Report | Author: Mark Flatten

    Phoenix taxpayers spend millions of dollars to pay full salary and benefits for city employees to work exclusively for labor unions, a Goldwater Institute investigation found.

  • Money for Nothing: Taxpayers foot union bill

    Posted on September 21, 2011 | Type: Investigative Report | Author: Mark Flatten

    Phoenix taxpayers spend millions of dollars to pay full salary and benefits for city employees to work exclusively for labor unions, a Goldwater Institute investigation found.

  • Educational scholarships offer new hope for special-needs children

    Posted on July 19, 2011 | Type: Investigative Report | Author: Mark Flatten

    Samantha Boesl has high hopes for her 10-year-old son, Blake. He’s always been smart, a visual learner with what his mother describes as a photographic memory. But he’s also been challenged. Blake is autistic, and is easily distracted and influenced by the behaviors of those around him.

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