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 forum on direct wine shipping Tuesday at the Goldwater Institute in Phoenix was anything but a dry recitation of policy.
After a panel discussion, several supporters of direct shipment delivered animated comments and grievances to panelist Karen Gravois of the Wine and Spirits Wholesalers of America, the only speaker not in favor of direct shipping.
"How do you justify the economic discrimination between what's available in state and what's available out of state?" asked Larry Winer of the Arizona State University law school.
There's a lot of fretting these days about the Arizona economy.
Most of the fretters take a top-down perspective. They survey Arizona's macro economy and conclude that private investors are providing too little money to some can't-miss industrial sector, inevitably high tech and, of late, usually biotech.
If true, there's an obvious killing to be made by raising or providing the funds for the overlooked opportunity.
Arizona should fix its unemployment system to stop multimillion-dollar waste due to fraud and other flaws, a Goldwater Institute report suggests.
The report, commissioned by the conservative think tank, will be released in late January. Oregon-based economist William B. Conerly, in an early overview Tuesday morning in Phoenix, said:
There is a popular recipe one can use when the facts don't support your conclusion. Take fear of change, add a peck of misinformation, stir in a dash of hypothetical scenarios and voil! The result, of course, is the same tired, indigestible propaganda.
This is the tactic Tom Jenney used in his May 2 guest column to attack Pima County's Inclusive Home Design Ordinance. As it turns out, however, the reality is that this ordinance is a vital ingredient to addressing the needs of our community.
Arizona's corporate and political leaders may be worrying needlessly about the relationship between the state's rapid growth and its economic future.
That's because the state's continued growth over the past decade is evidence that business opportunities and a desirable quality of life are readily available, said Robert Franciosi, director of Urban Growth and Economic Development Studies at the Goldwater Institute.
Contrary to what some critics say, Arizona's superheated growth during the 1990s was good for the economy, the conservative Goldwater Institute concluded in a policy paper released Thursday.
Robert Franciosi, an economist with the Phoenix public policy institute, cited statistics that he said dispute claims that growth brought low-paying jobs and poorly educated workers to the state, and that more government spending is necessary to improve education, revitalize downtown areas and lure "new economy" companies and workers.
Santa Claus will keep his appointment with millions of Arizona children this Christmas after narrowly dodging a bureaucratic barrage.
The opening salvo came from the Department of Employment Services, which cited Santa for failing to pay a minimum wage - or any wage - to his helpers. "Working for 'the joy of it,' " the citation alleged, "is unlawful in Arizona."
Competition is usually a good thing except when the competition is among cities to see which can spend the most tax payer money on corporate welfare. Cities across Arizona are showering subsidies on businesses, with taxpayers picking up the check.
Opinion polls demonstrate strong support for a state minimum wage. The idea appeals to an innate sense of fairness. We don't like the idea that people can work hard, play by the rules and still be poor. Advocates argue that raising the minimum wage creates a more just society by reducing poverty.
Unfortunately, the price for increased wages is jobs. As former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan explains, "The reason I object to the minimum wage is I think it destroys jobs, and I think the evidence on that, in my judgment, is overwhelming."
Labor activist Dolores Huerta was criticized for telling students at a Tucson Magnet High School assembly that "Republicans hate Latinos, OK?" Clearly, her small-minded partisan drivel has no place in an educational setting. But that wasn't really the worst of her speech.