Business & Job Creation
Businesses need a friendly and fair business environment so they can compete, innovate, and create jobs. We’re keeping politicians from playing favorites by offering special deals and tax breaks to the favored few.
A new Arizona law takes effect today that weeds out needless government red tape: Senate Bill 1221.
In 2003, the legislature repealed an exemption that had allowed gardeners to spray weeds without first having to obtain three separate licenses from the Structural Pest Control Commission (SPCC). Last year, the Institute for Justice Arizona Chapter sued the SPCC over one of those licensing requirements that required 3,000 hours of experience to spray over the counter weed killer.
The Phoenix-Mesa metro area just topped the Entrepreneurial Hot Cities ranking published by Entrepreneur.com and the National Policy Research Center thanks to new-business growth.
It's no secret that people are flocking out of California. In fact, some Californians are waiting up to a month just to get a moving van.
Like millions of Americans, my first job was working at a fast-food restaurant for the minimum wage, or $3.35 an hour at the time. Like millions of Americans, that was also the first and last time I earned the minimum wage.
The truth is that among workers over age 25, less than one percent are earning the minimum wage. Why? The more we learn, the more we earn. The average income of minimum wage employees increases 30 percent within one year of employment.
There is a ballot initiative to make it illegal to work in Arizona for less than $6.75 an hour. The idea is quite popular because higher wages are popular. No one likes the idea that someone can work hard, play by the rules, and still be poor.
But a minimum wage law is a threat to voluntary exchange between consenting adults.
If an employee voluntarily agrees to work for $5 an hour, and the employer volunteers to pay, they both benefit or they wouldn't do it. They don't threaten each other.
Economic girl power is sweeping the nation. In 2004 women owned and operated 5.4 million small businesses in the U.S. and generated $167 billion in sales. But in designing her targeted tax relief plan, Governor Napolitano appears to have forgotten the ladies.
In her 2007 budget, Governor Napolitano proposes a health care tax credit of up to $1,000 for small businesses employing two to 24 workers. Unfortunately 81 percent of women-owned businesses are sole proprietorships. In Arizona, that means over 60,000 self-employed women won’t qualify for this tax credit.
The Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) hopes to deliver a revolution in the provision of energy: energy mandates from renewable resources.
Arizona Republic Editorial
For at least 43 years, personal adornment has been deemed constitutionally protected free speech. It goes back to when the U.S. Supreme Court concluded you could wear a black armband to school to protest the Vietnam War and the principal couldn't stop you.
By Gary Nelson, Arizona Republic
Does the government have the right to deny business permits because neighbors complain? Today the Arizona Supreme Court said no.
Ryan and Letitia Coleman followed all the rules the City of Mesa, Arizona set out to qualify for a business permit to open a high-end tattoo studio. But when neighbors complained, the city council denied the permit on a 6-1 vote. The only vote for the Colemans was Mesa Mayor Scott Smith who said there was not a shred of evidence that the business would harm the community.