Business & Job Creation
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Phoenix--Consumer demand for electricity is projected to increase by 50 percent in the next 20 years and Arizona's existing power infrastructure cannot meet those demands.
A new report from the Goldwater Institute, "Opening the Grid: How to Recharge Arizona's Electricity System for the 21st Century," lays out a clear path for meeting increased energy needs.
Arizona’s heavily regulated, monopolistic electricity industry is ill-equipped to meet the state’s growing demand for energy. Nor is it well-suited to contain the higher costs that are likely to result from renewable energy mandates. Only by moving Arizona’s electricity industry closer to the ideal of an open and competitive market can the ingenuity of entrepreneurs be engaged to meet the increasing demand for electricity—the lifeblood of Arizona’s economy.
Phoenix--The Goldwater Institute announced today that it is seeking an appeal in its legal challenge against Mesa's cultural facilities impact fee. Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Douglas Rayes gave the Goldwater Institute an opening-round defeat in its challenge to the fee, which is imposed on all new homes. Cities have limited authority to impose impact fees so that development pays its own way. However, Mesa used the fees to pay for museums and performing arts centers, rather than the necessary public services strained by the impact of new development.
Phoenix--Superior Court Judge Robert Oberbillig ruled today that the City of Tempe's revocation of Tom and Elizabeth Preston's business permit, based on the perception that their tattoo studio might attract crime, was "arbitrary and capricious" and ordered the City to immediately reinstate the couple's permit and allow them to open their business.
The Goldwater Institute's Clint Bolick went on KFNX's "Main Street Out Loud" show to talk about the City of Tempe asking for a do-over in the tattoo case.
Darcy Olsen joins KJZZ's Morning Edition to talk about Arizona's investment in biotech science.
Christopher Conover discusses corporate subsidies and economic development on the Arizona Spolight with Clint Bolick and more.
Tom and Elizabeth Preston wanted to open a tattoo studio in Tempe. The City gave them the go-ahead and the Prestons invested $30,000 in their studio. But Tempe revoked the permit after a neighborhood group complained that it didn't want a tattoo shop in the area. That's when the Goldwater Institute got involved, representing Tom and Elizabeth in their fight against Tempe. Shortly after oral arguments in the case, Tom Preston spoke to Fox 10 News.
A man who wants to put a tattoo parlor in a Tempe strip mall said Monday his business is no worse than some of his would-be neighbors.
Tom Preston said a bail bonds business, liquor store and lingerie shop are in the strip mall where the city of Tempe refuses to allow him to open.
"We don't sell liquor, we don't bail prisoners out of jail and we don't sell adult novelties," said Preston. He said it's "not fair" that city officials have categorized his business as giving the "perception" of drawing criminals.
Goldwater Institute attorney Carrie Ann Sitren spent an hour on KFNX's "Main Street Out Loud" show with Rudi K. where she discussed Preston v. Hallman (the Tempe tattoo case), just hours after a judge heard oral arguments.