Government Lobbying Payments Exceed $9 millionPosted on April 21, 2010 | Type: Investigative Report | Author: Mark Flatten
Mesa lobbyists were pitching a bill to hike taxes and surcharges to build a new stadium for Chicago Cubs spring training games. But rather than work openly in the hearing rooms of the state Capitol, the city offered each of the state’s 90 legislators free tickets to a Cubs game at Hohokam Stadium last March.
Congress, Ariz. school district sues taxpayers to stop questionsPosted on March 10, 2010 | Type: Investigative Report | Author: Mark Flatten
A handful of taxpayers in a small community north of Wickenburg, Arizona are being targeted by the local school district in a lawsuit that asks a judge to declare they have no right to request public records, sue the district, or complain to outside agencies.
Shifting The Burden: Cities Waive Property Taxes for Favored BusinessesPosted on February 18, 2010 | Type: Investigative Report | Author: Mark Flatten
Special deals between cities and hand-picked developers have exempted more than $2 billion in development projects from property taxes in Arizona, shifting the tax burden to surrounding property owners and creating a competitive disadvantage for other businesses, an investigation by the Goldwater Institute has found.
Clean Elections Agency Spends Millions Promoting ItselfPosted on February 11, 2010 | Type: Investigative Report | Author: Mark Flatten
As the matching funds portion of Arizona’s Clean Elections law dangles by a legal thread, the state agency that hands taxpayer funds to political candidates is preparing to spend more than $2 million to convince voters and legislators it is doing a good job.
High Fliers: How Political Insiders Gained an Edge in Sky Harbor ConcessionsPosted on October 13, 2009 | Type: Investigative Report | Author: Mark Flatten
Mary Rose Wilcox eked out a small profit from a Mexican restaurant she owned in south Phoenix before she used her race and status as the owner of a “disadvantaged” business to land a lucrative concession deal at Sky Harbor International Airport.