Goldwater Institute sets teachers straight on pay complaints

Frequently mistaken for a conservative organization, the Goldwater Institute (GI) is deeply rooted in fiscal Libertarianism, which has no social component, ie: it is not pro-life. At one time, it rated state legislators with its highly anticipated Legislative Report Card, which has been replaced by a “Donate Now” tab. Goldwater also  took positions on ballot issues, but those days are long gone.  Taking positions means offending some donors, which is not a smart business model.

The person answering the phone was new enough not to have been aware that GI gained its political creds and respect within the state for its list of top legislators and promotion of ballot  issues it deemed worthy.

During the 2016 election cycle, GI took no official position on ‘Legalize Marijuana,’ launched as Prop. 205. The ballot measure advocated recreational use, but was sold to voters as a medical necessity, allowing for the proliferation of dispensaries featuring ‘doctors’ who never saw a youthful patient who was not experiencing chronic pain. 

Voters rejected Proposition 205 in Arizona by a vote 0f 51.32% t0  48.68%. The proposition called for legalizing possession and recreational consumption of marijuana by those 21 and older. Medical marijuana was legalized in Arizona in 1996.

Neither did GI take a position on the disastrous minimum wage hike that actually caused many low wage workers to lose their jobs when their small business employers were forced to reduce staff as salaries were artificially and incrementally hiked. 

Proposition 206 increased the Arizona hourly minimum wage from $8.05 to $12 by 2020, forcing employers to provide additional benefits and exceed the federal minimum wage of $7.25 jumping pay to $10 soon after the election. In numerous instances, this overreach actually defeated the intent of the proponents of the new law. It passed by a vote of 58.33% – 41.67%.

Goldwater Institute is a behind-the-scenes proponent of illegal immigration, which its Chamber of Commerce donors — many illegal labor profiteers — support. The group even hammered Sheriff Joe Arpaio in two separate reports in which they castigated him for enforcing the law.

But veering into the realm of education, attorney Victor Riches, President and CEO of the Goldwater Institute, gets it right with his column, “The Truth About Teacher Pay.

As the father of nine children, he knows a thing two about his subject and who is responsible for setting teachers’ salaries — a pertinent fact which even the striking teachers abysmally lack knowledge, though they can teach climate alarmist/pseudo scientist Al Gore‘s science of global warming …er… climate change and recycling while omitting cursive as they short shrift American history, Constitutional studies and classic literature.

 We encourage you to read Victor Riches’ article. 

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9 Responses to Goldwater Institute sets teachers straight on pay complaints

  1. Frankly Speaking says:

    We were longtime members of the Goldwater Institute, who quit after the board unceremoniously fired Darcy Olsen, who had devoted nearly 20 years to the betterment of Goldwater. There was never a reason given for her dismissal, which came like a bolt out of the blue.

    Victor Riches has big shoes to fill.

  2. Villanova says:

    Glad to see the reference here to the Legislative Report Card that made the Goldwater Institute relevant to so many. It was well done and provided what I believed was a reliable resource to take into consideration as I marked my ballot. I think you nailed the reason it disappeared. I further think it had a whole lot to do with the illegal invasion of our state, which the high dollar donors never wanted to address, since it impacted their bottom line. Why else would GI go after Joe Arpaio?

    We attended all of their events, from luncheons at the Biltmore and Ritz-Carlton to the large dinners such as the entertaining one featuring George Wil at the ballpark to the smaller gatherings at their headquarters. The focus changed and we left.

  3. PV PC says:

    There’s an old saying that I have witnessed to have more than a grain of truth attached to it:
    “Those who can, do.
    Those who can’t, teach.”

    It obviously doesn’t question the value of learning, but does shine a light on many of those who impart it. Those who excel go into the field in which they excel, they don’t spend 40 years in a classroom grousing about their chosen career path. My sister was a teacher. She left to pursue a career in a forensic science specialty, which she loves. It required far more education and training than she needed as a high school science teacher, but in her case, it was worth it. She has said she would go back to the classroom when she retires, since she is “so much smarter now.”

    One of the coaches at the school where she taught also taught science. His degree was in phys ed.

  4. Saguaro Sam says:

    Here’s an interesting article on public servant pensions published in the New York Times.

    (I know, I know, the NYT. But Ann Coulter drew my attention to it, so here it is.)

    How would you like to make $76,000+ per MONTH in pension $$ ?

    • Seen It All says:

      I was wondering how amounts so extreme could ever have been put into effect. Then I remembered reading about the astronomical salaries, perks, benefits and retirements ASU Michael Crow and his wife Sybil Francis make. Yes, she gets paid separately, because the AZ Board of Regents thought she “was worth her weight in gold.” The other state university presidents are also highly paid, but not on the same level as Crow. Betsey Bayless tops them all, if I remember correctly. Though wealthy in her own right, she retired as President and CEO of the Maricopa Integrated Health System with a bundle, after being paid a hefty salary. I won’t say she “earned” it since her loyal assistant Warren Whitney, who followed her from job to job, did the work she was always paid to do,

      This post from this site is 5 years old. Found it with a quick Google search. Was only searching for Bayless. Michael Crow ought to be the next search subject.
      https://seeingredaz.wordpress.com/2013/02/09/betsey-bayless-peaking-of-outrageous-pay-raises/

  5. Saguaro Sam says:

    Everyone:
    Please take note that Patriots Day is upon us.
    It is a State holiday in Mass and Maine (Maine was part of Mass until 1820).
    Coincides with Spring Break there.

    Stay alert.

    Remember what happened on Patriots Day in Oklahoma City during the BClinton years?

    It is Essential to Trust President Trump.

    The MSM is utterly broken and unworthy of your time.

    • Dennis O'Brien says:

      The Oklahoma City bombers were aiming to commit their wretched acts to coincide with Hitler’s April 20th birthday. They were one day off.

  6. Doc says:

    Sidebar note to another EXCELLENT post, SRAZ! On Fox10 news this morning, they report that L’il dougie’s 20% mcScheme ISN’T ENUFF, & they want more…

    Teachers as Vader, dooshey as Lando Calrission: