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>

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.

Eeyore would feel right at home in Tucson. Arizona's second city has become a rather gloomy place.

Tucson policymakers fear Tucson lacks a "vibrant core" and will never attract creative class workers that supposedly drive economic growth. If only we were more like Austin, they opine.

According to the Tucson Citizen, the Texas capitol has "rhythm and synergy;" it has a cool music scene, a hip downtown. All true, but if the goal is economic growth and jobs, Tucson is doing more things right than Austin.

Arizona Public Service Company (APS) has said that if the Arizona Corporation Commission doesn’t approve its requested 11 percent electricity rate increase, its bond rating could be at risk.  Combined with APS’ January increase of five percent, the net effect on APS electricity customers will be a 16 percent increase in the first few months of the year.

A new ruling by a federal court in Washington State may shed light on whether Arizona’s wine laws are constitutional. 

Plaintiffs are asking the federal district court in Phoenix to declare Arizona’s wine distribution system unconstitutional because it discriminates against out-of-state wineries. 

On September 28, the Institute for Justice filed a lawsuit challenging excessive regulations issued by the Structural Pest Control Commission (SPCC). The regulations prevent gardeners and landscapers from doing the ordinary spraying over-the-counter herbicides for their clients. The SPCC regulations don't just lie in the weeds. They're enforced with hefty fines, which means a $500 penalty for one of the plaintiffs in this case.

The Internet is probably the greatest boon to individual liberty and entrepreneurship since Ford started churning out affordable cars. It allows people to decide where and with whom they will shop. But as a recent headline in USA Today reads, "States hope to begin taxing online sales." The newspaper continues, "the group [of 18 states] hopes to convince retailers but does not force them? to begin collecting taxes and turning it over to state governments." Merry Christmas, shoppers.

Arizonans may soon be raising their glasses to more than 10,000 varieties of wine. Black Star Farms, a Michigan winery, and several East Valley residents have filed a federal court challenge to the constitutionality of Arizona's wine shipping regulations.  

The challenge comes in the wake of Granholm v. Heald, in which the U.S. Supreme Court struck down similar programs in New York and Michigan. But Arizona still has not acted to repeal its unconstitutional laws.

Battelle, a research firm hired to track Arizona's biotech industry, has released a report detailing the growth of biotech firms and employment in Arizona during the 2000-2004 period.

37.5 cents of every gallon of gas you buy goes to pay federal, state, and local taxes. That amounts to an annual gas tax burden of $271 for every American.

Since road construction is a state and local obligation, state or local gas taxes may make some sense. After all, people who use the highways and byways should share in paying for their construction and upkeep.