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Friday, 13th March 2009

Local Government Gone Wild? New Report Shows How to Rein it In

Local Government Gone Wild? New Report Shows How to Rein it In
Source: Goldwater Institute

There are almost 90,000 local governments in America, with an average of one new local government born each day. Few are models of limited government restrained by a system of checks and balances. Often they are unaccountable, and special interest-driven. Facing a maze of regulations and powerful local bureaucracies, ordinary citizens often can't fight City Hall. They need a concrete set of rights to protect them from the abuses of local government--the equivalent of a local bill of rights.

Today the Goldwater Institute released "A New Charter for American Cities: 10 Rights to Restrain Government and Protect Freedom." This ground-breaking report recommends enacting a "Local Liberty Charter" consisting of 10 judicially enforceable rights to rein-in out-of-control local governments.

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