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Limited Government

From granting illegal subsidies to imposing needless regulations, government frequently oversteps its constitutional authority — wrongfully spending taxpayer dollars and restricting our freedoms. The Goldwater Institute is taking action through legislation and litigation to keep government in check, restore constitutional limits on governmental power, and protect individuals rights.

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Confronting the Administrative State

Among the greatest threats to the liberty that our constitutional system was designed to protect is the growth of the administrative state. That’s the name given to the bureaucratic entities that, within a generation, have grown so large and powerful that they now threaten not only the future of individual freedom, but even our democratic system of government. And this is true at both the state and federal levels. Read more about it here.

Restraining the Power of Government Unions

States, cities, counties, and school districts across the country routinely allow government-paid union workers to be released from their official duties to perform work to benefit their unions. The Goldwater Institute analyzed the practices of 150 jurisdictions, three from each state, and was able to document more than 400,000 hours of paid release time annually. Read more about the issue here.

Cutting Out Cronyism

Is it okay to force taxpayers to subsidize private real estate projects? The answer ought to be a clear “no.” These kinds of tax incentives are a clear example of government simply giving away taxpayer dollars to fund real estate developers’ projects. The practice is rampant across the country, but the Goldwater Institute is leading the nation in fighting back in court. Read about one of our latest cases here.

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  • Limited Government

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Property Rights

Goldwater is protecting a cornerstone of Americans’ liberty: the right to own and use their property as they see fit.

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Jobs & Economy

When government stands in the way of people who just want to pursue their career, Goldwater breaks down barriers to work.

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Free Speech

Free speech is under attack in America. But Goldwater is leading the fight to protect Americans’ right to speak their minds.

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Goldwater is unleashing innovation in healthcare, fighting to protect and expand patient choice, access, and affordability.

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Constitutional Rights

Anytime government threatens to trample the U.S. Constitution, Goldwater is ready to go to court to defend our rights.

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Limited Government

Goldwater takes down cronyism, sweetheart deals, and government overreach so Americans are treated fairly and equally.

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Goldwater is expanding school choice nationwide so families can get their children the education they deserve.

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Academic Transparency

Parents have a right to know what's being taught in the classroom, and we're defending that right.

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