Business and Job Creation
Want a thriving economy? The Goldwater Institute knows that best business climate is one where low taxes and minimal regulation benefit all employers – not one where subsidies and special tax breaks offer an advantage to a chosen few. When a government agency can decide which businesses to favor, it opens the door for the misguided pursuit of investment fads or, at worst, the potential for corruption and abuse. Our research offers sound policies for government, and we’re not afraid to fight when we see bad ideas that put taxpayers at risk.
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State legislators should learn from failed federal stimulus effortsPosted on September 13, 2011 | Type: Blog | Author: Stephen Slivinski
State legislators looking to spur job creation should reject federal stimulus efforts as a model. In fact, there are at least two lessons in what not to do that policymakers can learn from President Obama’s failed effort to energize economic growth through government spending and temporary tax gimmicks.
Putting unemployment insurance to workPosted on June 30, 2011 | Type: Blog | Author: Stephen Slivinski
The recent political squabble in Arizona over whether to extend unemployment benefits from 79 weeks to 99 weeks underscores a broader problem with the unemployment insurance (UI) system in the U.S. today.
Economic freedom and the Spa Fish casePosted on June 21, 2011 | Type: Video
KTVK Channel 3 profiled the Goldwater Institute's case against the Arizona Board of Cosmetology for shutting down a spa owner who used a popular foot therapy at her salon.
Unemployment benefits extensionPosted on June 10, 2011 | Type: Video
The Goldwater Institute's Stephen Slivinski appeared on Arizona Weekly to discuss why lawmakers should be very cautious about extending unemployment benefits.
Policymakers should audit, not expand, the unemployment insurance programPosted on June 07, 2011 | Type: Blog | Author: Stephen Slivinski
Governor Jan Brewer may call a special legislative session to extend unemployment insurance (UI) payments from 79 to 99 weeks. Senate President Russell Pearce and others are concerned that extending the length of time the unemployed can receive government payments discourages their search for work. They have good reason to be concerned. A number of economic studies have estimated that the availability of extended unemployment benefits tends to postpone an active search for employment by the average worker.