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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.
I've always been taught that if it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, it's really a giant hog in disguise that, if cooked properly, becomes a juicy steak to feed all of your hungry constituents... That is, if you're a good politician. This time, this method of spin is being administered by a city government seeking to escape the confines of its own state constitution. Under-handed dealings and money-shuffling disguised as acts of public interest are oozing out of the budgetary offices in Phoenix, Arizona.
The walls in Clint Bolick's office at the Goldwater Institute are bedecked with icons of the conservative movement in America, leaving no doubt who his ideological idols are. Ronald Reagan is represented. Next to him is a photo of Clarence Thomas being sworn in as a U.S. Supreme Court justice. There is also a framed enlargement of the Ayn Rand stamp released in 1999 by the U. S. Postal Service. And, of course, a pair of Barry Goldwater mementos: a signed photo of the longtime Arizona senator and a Goldwater for President poster from his 1964 campaign.
The battle over state legislation to regulate mobile phone contracts is already heating up, just two weeks into this years session.
State Sen. Jim Waring, R-Phoenix, has introduced a bill (SB 1010) called the "Cellphone Users Bill of Rights," that would limit wireless phone contracts to 12 months, allow subscribers to cancel a contract during the first month without a penalty or cancel it if the company changes rates or plans that would negatively impact the customer.
Lawsuit fights Phoenix's $100 million deal with developers
The Goldwater Institute this week criticized Phoenix for what it called cavalier use of taxpayer resources to defend itself against a lawsuit that challenges the city's controversial $97.4 million subsidy to the CityNorth luxury development in northeast Phoenix.
Phoenix has paid more than $100,000 to the Fennemore Craig law firm to defend itself in a legal challenge filed by the Goldwater Institute.
Maybe it's a good idea. A music-themed amusement park in Eloy just might work. True, the park would be in the desert between Tucson and Phoenix with a limited available work force and limited infrastructure for large numbers of visitors.
Still, there have been surprises before. Who could have predicted Branson, Missouri?
Dr. Elliot Eisenberg finds if the price of a new home increases by $1,000 then more than 2,000 households in Phoenix, Scottsdale, Mesa, Prescott, Flagstaff, Yuma, and Tucson will become priced out of purchasing a new home. At a time when housing prices are at a all time high, Mesa's $221 "Cultural Impact Fee" is a luxury many cannot afford.
A lawsuit that challenges Phoenix's $100 million incentive to lure the CityNorth development has the potential to reverberate across Arizona.
The public policy institute thats challenging Phoenix's deal said that Mesas $20 million proposed incentive to the Waveyard resort at Riverview also violates the states Constitution.
Clint Bolick, attorney for the Goldwater Institute, said his group would be willing to back Mesans who oppose the Waveyard development deal.
What do you get when you put the owners of a small real-estate company, wine and cheese cafe, ice cream shop, Sign-a-Rama, Music Together and Hava Java in the same room? In Phoenix, Arizona, you've got a court case.