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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>

The Goldwater Institute claims that a lawsuit it filed against the city of Tempe has forced changes in the deal between the city and a British developer to build an aquarium at the Arizona Mills Mall.

The folks at Goldwater felt the city was giving unfair incentives to Sea Life, a division of U.K.-based Merlin Entertainment Group, to build the aquarium in Tempe.

Frankly, any company willing to build anything at the crime-riddled Arizona Mills Mall should be given a medal of bravery, not tax breaks.

A Tempe development agreement that includes a $218,000 incentive for the developers of Sea Life Aquarium will remain in place while a judge sets a hearing to decide whether the subsidy is illegal.

Meanwhile, City Attorney Andrew Ching said as a precautionary measure, Tempe is drafting a new agreement that spells out more specifically how it complies with state law.

A court hearing Wednesday between Tempe and the Goldwater Institute explored the leeway cities have to woo developers of high-profile projects with public money.

When the Arizona Board of Cosmetology told salon owner Cindy Vong she couldn't use small fish to eat the dead skin off of customers' feet--a popular Asian therapy--the Goldwater Institute decided to go to bat for her.

Lawyers for the Goldwater Institute, a conservative Phoenix think tank, and Tempe will appear before a judge next week to present preliminary information on the lawsuit the institute filed last week, which claims the city offered the developer of Sea Life Aquarium an illegal incentive.

A Gilbert salon owner whose flesh-eating fish once nibbled the dead skin from her customers' feet is biting back after the Arizona Board of Cosmetology ordered a halt to the service.

 

Phoenix--Like countless enterprising American immigrants before her, Cindy Vong came up with an inspired business idea.

A June opening for the 26,000-square-foot aquarium at Arizona Mills Mall could be in jeopardy after a conservative think tank filed a lawsuit claiming that the incentive Tempe offered the developer is illegal.

 

Phoenix--Today the Goldwater Institute asked a court to strike down an agreement between the City of Tempe and the developer of Sea Life Aquarium, a children's theme park at Arizona Mills Mall.

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