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>

In June, it will be three years since Tom and Elizabeth Preston applied for a permit to open a tattoo studio in Tempe.

The Goldwater Institute's Clint Bolick argued before a judge in the latest hearing on Goldwater's suit against the Board of Cosmetology for overstepping its authority and shutting down a spa owner for a giving fish pedicures.

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The Goldwater Institute's Dr. Byron Schlomach appeared live on Channel 3 to talk about a new Goldwater Institute policy brief which shows most Arizonans on welfare are failing to find work or participate in job training.

The Goldwater Institute's Starlee Rhoades appeared on KPNX's Sunday Square Off to weigh in on issues including solar subsidies and a bill at the legislature that would make all presidential candidates show their birth certificates if they want to get their names on the Arizona ballot.

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Special deals between cities and hand-picked developers have exempted more than $2 billion in development projects from property taxes in Arizona, shifting the tax burden to surrounding property owners and creating a competitive disadvantage for other businesses, an investigation by the Goldwater Institute has found.

The Goldwater Institute's Dr. Byron Schlomach went on KFNN to talk about cities giving subsidies to preferred businesses.

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PHOENIX--At a Superior Court hearing, Maricopa County Judge Kenneth Mangum decided the City of Phoenix must turn over public records related to a deal it is making with the Wyndham Hotel by February 19, 2010.

Too often “profit” is equated with “greed.” The word implies to many an unrelenting seeking of gain, even at the expense and suffering of others. This reasoning implies that one man’s profit is derived from another man’s loss.

Phoenix--Today in a unanimous decision the Arizona Supreme Court declared that government subsidies to encourage development violate the Gift Clause of the Arizona Constitution unless the developer offers tangible benefits of equal value in return. The ruling clarifies previous decisions the court believed were confusing and applied the rule prospectively. The Court declined to invalidate the CityNorth subsidy and sent the case back to the Arizona Court of Appeals to consider other legal challenges.

Goldwater Institute attorney Carrie Ann Sitren was live on KTVK Channel 3 to explain two new lawsuits filed by the Goldwater Institute--one against the City of Tempe and one against the Arizona Board of Cosmetology.

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