“We can’t just give the Legislature the finger and ignore them. They raised some legitimate concerns, although antagonistically.” — Mick Rusing, a member of the Commission on Appellate Court Appointments, on having to convene again after Republican legislative leaders complained about the slate of nominees sent to them.Read More »
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Republican lawmakers and the governor are moving ahead with a tax-reduction plan they say would enable Arizona to attract more businesses and jobs to the state, even though the likely result would be a heavier tax burden for homeowners.Read More »
An alcoholic’s first step toward recovery is to admit being powerless to stop drinking even though it’s making life unmanageable.
Now a Tucson lawmaker wants to use the same approach to the state’s addiction to borrowing.
Rep. Vic Williams, a Republican from Tucson, said he plans to introduce a bill that would require the state to report annually all borrowing, as well as effect it will have on the state’s general fund.
Mark Flatten's latest report for the Goldwater Institute presents cases where government employees have been put on paid leave for months while waiting for the state to discipline or fire them, but the most costly case to taxpayers was one the most difficult for the investigative reporter to uncover.Read More »
The eligibility to serve on the Independent Redistricting Commission will be in question for some of the 25 nominees whose names were passed onto legislative leaders Dec. 8.Read More »
The lengthy reviews, administrative hurdles and general lack of swiftness that comes along with firing or disciplining government employees in Arizona sometimes invites dangerous and expensive outcomes, according to an extensive report from the Goldwater Institute, a libertarian government watchdog firm.Read More »
The Arizona Citizens Clean Elections Commission on Thursday put off voting on a proposed rule change that would require publicly financed candidates to return or purchase fixed assets such as laptops, printers and cameras.Read More »
The U.S. Supreme Court appears ready to strike a key provision of Arizona’s Clean Elections Act, leaving the future of state and national public campaign financing programs in limbo.Read More »
Some of the 107 candidates who received public money to run for state Legislature this year bought computers, cameras and printers that are theirs to keep and paid relatives as campaign workers and consultants.Read More »
The Goldwater Institute's original lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Phoenix last month challenges the health care overhaul, and now the group is asking a federal judge for a preliminary injunction to block one provision.Read More »