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.
"I keep thinking about our first lawyer who told us to not to fight the city's decision to refuse our permit because it would cost too much and we had no way of winning. We're just so thankful to Goldwater.
Tom Preston owns a reputable tattoo studio in Mesa, Arizona and like many entrepreneurs he sought to expand his business with his wife Elizabeth, by opening a new shop in Tempe. After acquiring the permit, the Preston's signed a five year lease and invested $30,000 in the property. Then a local neighborhood group sought to deny the Prestons their economic liberty by appealing to the City Council. Based on negative stereotypes and personal opinions rather than hard evidence and facts, Mayor Hugh Hallman and the Council voted unanimously to override their own zoning officials and denied the permit. The Prestons were left with a long-term lease and stood to lose a significant capital investment.
Under Arizona law and the federal Constitution, building fees are supposed to be limited to the costs for “necessary” services—such as roads and sewers—that new residential developments impose upon a community. But many Arizona cities have begun looking at impact fees as new revenue sources, using them to fund unrelated facilities. Across the Valley, impact fees are soaring even as homeowners struggle to pay their mortgages and one of Arizona’s most important industries is on the ropes.
The last time I debated Grady Gammage Jr., he predicted if voters approved Proposition 207, the Private Property Rights Protection Act, it would spell disaster for urban planning.
Two-thirds of the voters disagreed, and we now have far greater protection of property rights--with none of the sky-is-falling calamities Gammage predicted.
The City of Phoenix provided a nearly $100 million subsidy for the CityNorth project. The night before it opened, Clint Bolick went on 12 News to talk about it.
Phoenix--The Goldwater Institute Center for Constitutional Litigation today filed a special action in the Arizona Court of Appeals challenging the Arizona Corporation Commission's Renewable Energy Standard and Tariff Rules and the accompanying initial rate surcharges.
With Arizonans reeling from high gasoline prices and other economic woes, how do our statewide government officials respond? By slapping on a surcharge in essence, a new energy tax---that adds one million dollars per month to residential utility bills and millions more for businesses.
The officials who imposed the tax are not the governor or legislators, but members of an obscure body with limited powers but grandiose ambitions: the Arizona Corporation Commission.
Darcy Olsen and the communications directors from both the Democratic and Republican Party discussed the Goldwater Institute's recent lawsuit against the Arizona Corporation Commission, the importance of the Second Amendment, and the City of Phoenixs bloated budget on a recent Sunday Square Off.
In the Mel Brooks play, The Producers, a planned swindle would only succeed if a joke of a Broadway play was a monumental flop. The play, Springtime for Hitler, ended up being a success against all reason. Right now the Arizona Legislature is planning a similar heist: the Decades Music Theme Park.
Score one for the little guy.
It's been a rough time for regular folk. You know what I mean. Nobody listens. (Think about the last time you reached an actual person who could do anything when calling a government office ... I know. Me neither.)
These days, you can't afford to buy gas, you dare not buy tomatoes and you're worried about whether you'll have a job next month. That's assuming you still have a job this month.
No one said it was easy to fight The Man. But in the latest skirmish in its battle to stop corporate welfare in Arizona, at the least the Goldwater Institute doesn't have to go it alone.
Last year, I told you about the libertarian think-tank's bold play to stop corporate welfare in Arizona -- a lawsuit challenging the city of Phoenix's $97 million subsidy of an upscale shopping center. The Goldwater peeps hoped to use the case to show that such subsidies violate Arizona's constitution.