Business & Job Creation
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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.
The City of Phoenix and a developer are asking that the Goldwater Institute be whacked with $687,000 in attorneys' fees and court costs for challenging the city's $97 million subsidy to the CityNorth shopping center.
The institute lost at the trial court and is now appealing.
The outsized fees request should alarm everyone, irrespective of how you feel about the Goldwater Institute or retail subsidies.
The claims of the developer would actually be amusing if the potential consequences weren't so dangerous.
The Goldwater Institute says toll roads are the best solution to Arizona's increased traffic congestion.
"More Roads to Travel: A Path to Transportation Solutions in Arizona," is the title of a policy report released by the think tank on Wednesday. The study suggests that privatized toll roads are the fastest, most economic way to solve traffic problems.
"Arizona should actively pursue a toll road policy, which would make it possible to build needed roads now rather than decades from now," Byron Schlomach, an economist for the institute, said in the report.
Developer has incentive deal with Phoenix
The Goldwater Institute thinks it may have a good chance of blocking an incentive agreement between Phoenix and the CityNorth development in the Arizona Court of Appeals.
"A lot of the applicable law was developed in the Court of Appeals," said Clint Bolick, attorney for the institute.
"Trial judges often are reluctant to strike down laws."
Phoenix--The Goldwater Institutes Scharf-Norton Center for Constitutional Litigation announced it will promptly appeal todays ruling by Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Robert Miles that a $97.4 million taxpayer subsidy for the upscale CityNorth shopping mall is constitutional.
The ruling creates such a gaping loophole in the Arizona Constitution that you could drive a Mack truck through it, declared litigation director, Clint Bolick, in this case, a Mack truck filled with taxpayer dollars.