Stories by Goldwater Institute
UNION, CITY ALLIES ASKS JUDGE TO APPROVE EXTRA 16,000 HOURS OF VACATION TIME FOR UNION BUSINESS
Goldwater Institute attorneys will fight new proposal in court Friday
Following a January court ruling declaring taxpayer-funded union activism in public labor contracts unconstitutional, a police union in Phoenix is asking a judge to bless a scheme that would dole out an additional 1,000 hours per week of vacation to use on whatever union members want–chiefly, union business.
Attorneys for the Goldwater Institute will appear in court Friday to argue that …
Last week, the Georgia House of Representatives passed the Compact for a Balanced Budget by a margin of 103-63. Alaska and Arizona are now poised to advance the same reform effort through their respective House Judiciary and Rules Committees.
We could be only weeks away from an interstate agreement that will advance a constitutional amendment to limit the federal government’s capacity to borrow.
Why should the American people want to bind the hands of their federal representatives with …
When you’re the U.S. Department of Education, every program looks like it needs more money.
Last December, the U.S. Department of Education released the results from the first two years of an additional $3 billion funding plan for failing schools. The effects of more money on student learning were—wait for it—inconclusive. Some schools improved, some did worse, while others showed no changes to student achievement.
These results should not come as a surprise. Researchers have long noted there is not a direct …
MO LAWMAKERS TO GREEN-LIGHT “RIGHT TO TRY” LIFE-SAVING MEDICATIONS BILL WEDNESDAY
Issue hits close to home for lawmaker whose terminally ill daughter has been denied access to promising treatments
A Missouri legislative committee is poised to approve a bill Wednesday that, if enacted, could dramatically cut the time it takes for life-saving drugs to reach the hands of patients and their doctors. The multiyear federal approval process currently in place means that many sick Americans die waiting for life-saving medications …
TRADITIONAL SCHOOL “SYSTEM” CAN’T MEET CHILDREN’S UNIQUE NEEDS
Future Model Must Embrace Technology in Education
The combination of emerging technology and academic underachievement means our style of educating American children needs a makeover, according to a Goldwater Institute policy report released this week.
In A Vision for Education and the Future of Learning, Goldwater Institute education director Jonathan Butcher argues that traditional classrooms cannot equip every child for whatever their unique future holds, whether its college or entering the job market, and …
LAWSUIT AIMS TO STOP UNCONSTITUTIONAL BID PREFERENCE POLICIES
Bid preference policies cost taxpayers more, enable politicians to play favorites with government dollars
From a city hall project in Florida that drove costs $10 million higher than the city could afford, to an Iowa city that’s out millions in taxpayer dollars because officials insisted on using an excessively expensive landfill for a hauling project, bid preferences are yet another crony tool governments are using to play favorites. But a new lawsuit …
STATE LAWMAKERS IN SEVERAL STATES CRACKING DOWN ON CRIMINAL OBAMACARE NAVIGATORS
One Navigator group received millions in federal dollars despite committing fraud under previous grant
Amidst reports that currently employed Obamacare navigators in multiple states (including California and New Mexico) have criminal rap sheets, lawmakers elsewhere have taken steps to crack down on would-be criminals working as navigators in their states. While the federal government and other implementers of Obamacare have shown no qualms about allowing convicted criminals to handle …
Lawmakers in several states working this week to pass a constitutional Balanced Budget Amendment through a compact
It’s no secret that politicians in Washington have a spending addiction–to the tune of roughly $54,000 in federal debt per every newborn baby (that’s more than the median household income!). With federal spending burgeoning, lawmakers in at least four states are moving quickly during state legislative sessions to rein in the beltway largess.
Legislators in Arizona and Georgia Tuesday will consider the Compact for …
COURT RULES TAXPAYER-FUNDED UNION ACTIVISM ILLEGAL, UNCONSTITUTIONAL
Government workers can no longer perform union work on the job
Phoenix–A trial court ruled today that the taxpayer-funded union activism found in municipal contracts called “release time” is unconstitutional, setting the stage for elimination of the practice in city halls and courtrooms across the country.
Under the practice of release time, public workers are released from their government jobs to perform union work, while still receiving full taxpayer-funded salary and benefits (including pension …
PENSION SPIKING LAWSUIT HIGHLIGHTS GROSS ABUSES OF AMERICAN TAXPAYERS
As public employee unions strike deals with public officials to raid money from public coffers to pad their own pockets in retirement, a lawsuit over illegal pension spiking practices in Phoenix provides an up-close look at a national epidemic of pension abuses.
“The public pension crisis in this country runs far deeper than just matters of payments and fund solvency,” said Goldwater Institute attorney Jonathan Riches, who is leading a lawsuit against …