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.

<p>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.</p>

Phoenix Congressman John Shadegg supports the Bush administration's move Wednesday to release oil supplies from federal strategic reserves in order to ease the strain of skyrocketing gasoline prices.

Gasoline and crude oil prices have soared above already-record levels this week due to Hurricane Katrina's massive hit on the Gulf Coast and its energy operations.

The New Orleans Gulf Coast area accounts for one-third of the domestic petroleum production and the storm has knocked refineries and drilling rigs out of commission.

Rosemary Lean wants to get ahead in life, to make a better future for herself and her children.

To reach her goal, the divorced mother of three works two jobs and is taking classes toward a degree from Pima Community College.

"I have a goal," says Lean, 42, dental program director for St. Elizabeth of Hungary Clinic and a part-time teacher at Pima. "I just don't have a life."

The face of diversity is changing as some businesses move beyond considering gender and race in their employment strategies.

A proposed hair-braiding business is being used as an example of how government regulation can impede business start-ups in Arizona.

The Institute for Justice Arizona filed a lawsuit this week against the Arizona Board of Cosmetology on behalf of Essence Farmer, a 23-year-old who wants to start a braiding salon but can't because she needs to obtain an occupational cosmetology license.

A new study commissioned by the Phoenix-based Goldwater Institute think tank calls for the elimination of the federal unemployment tax on employers and opposes proposed increases to state unemployment insurance benefits.

The study, which will officially be published next month, was conducted by Oregon economist William Conerly.

Every month, the plain brown cardboard box arrives at my office, right on schedule. It is delivered not by a uniformed guy from UPS or FedEx but by a courier wearing ordinary clothing and driving an unmarked vehicle.

There is no return address on the box; nothing indicating what is inside. I wait until I get home to open it, not wanting my co-workers to know what I'm having delivered.

I'm not sure what I'm doing is legal or not, but it certainly seems shady. Regardless, I'm made to feel like a criminal - and that's exactly what the state of Arizona wants.

Arizona is late getting into the game and will have trouble becoming a major player in the biotechnology industry, the Brookings Institution said in a report released Tuesday.

The Brookings report looked at how 51 metropolitan areas stacked up in aspects such as biotechnology infrastructure, venture capital funding and biomedical research funding. The Valley and nine other metro areas ranked in the bottom of four tiers....

This past session, the legislature created or continued more than 25 agencies, regulating everything from private postsecondary education to adult foster care homes. But well-intentioned regulations often make things worse, not better, for consumers. 

Complying with extensive regulation means businesses operate at higher costs, which can translate into higher prices for consumers and fewer jobs for workers. 

So called big box stores like Wal-Mart, Ikea and Costco have become the favorite whipping boys of some policymakers. The City of Phoenix is considering new zoning regulations that would make it tougher for these retailers to set-up shop.

If bureaucrats were the only people who suffered the effects of this commercial snobbery, such measures wouldn't matter much. Unfortunately, in this case, all consumers suffer.

In 1969, Neil Armstrong captured world attention with his momentous walk on the moon. The Legislature recently took its own step by passing wine reform legislation, opening up competition in the Arizona wine market. That's one small step for wine consumers, one giant leap for economic liberty.