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.
With gas prices inching ever northward and warm summer air hinting at the busy forthcoming driving season, what's a motorist to do?
First, it would be useful to realize that our record-high gas prices are really not at record highs. However much anger we may feel at the gas pump, when we account for inflation, gas prices are not nearly as high as they were for an extended period during the late 1970s. However many dollars we shell out, a dollar now is not worth as much as it was in the past, and thus we pay relatively less now in real terms.
All together now: an increase in the minimum wage will reduce the number of jobs.
As much as we might not like it, there are certain realities that simply cannot be reversed. The laws of supply and demand are an example. For all the chest-thumping about the indignity and lack of compassion in current minimum wage laws, they're for all the wrong reasons.
Has Americans' earning power remained stagnant, or even declined, over the last thirty years?
That's what some would have you believe. For example, last July, in a "snapshot" of the state's economy, the Arizona Republic reported that "in constant, 1982 dollars, [average wages in the private sector] amounted to $8.21 per hour, compared with $8.25 per hour in May 2003," lamenting that real wage growth had not kept pace with the impressive job creation in Arizona.
Rep. Steve Gallardo (D-Phoenix), is proposing legislation, supported by ACORN and the AFL-CIO, to raise Arizona's minimum wage to $6.65.
KTVK Channel 3 profiled the Goldwater Institute's case against the Arizona Board of Cosmetology for shutting down a spa owner who used a popular foot therapy at her salon.
The Goldwater Institute's Stephen Slivinski appeared on Arizona Weekly to discuss why lawmakers should be very cautious about extending unemployment benefits.
Phoenix — Late Friday afternoon, potential buyer of the Phoenix Coyotes Matthew Hulsizer delivered a letter to the Goldwater Institute stating, “Arizona Hockey is willing to modify the lease agreement with Glendale to guaranty [sic] to the city that they [sic] will receive direct revenues from the Coyotes, Arena and parking that have a value to day [sic] of at least $75 million.
The Goldwater Institute's Stephen Slivinski joined Channel 12 to talk about the jobs bill and the tough road ahead for Arizona's economy.
PHOENIX – The Goldwater Institute’s legal challenge to the city of Tempe's attempt to give handouts to a private aquarium ended last week when a judge confirmed the lawsuit protected Tempe taxpayers and the Arizona state constitution.
PHOENIX — After a three-year legal battle, Tom and Elizabeth Preston soon will be able to open Body Accents Tattoo and Piercing Studio in Tempe.