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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Lawsuit filed over feet-nibbling fishPosted on November 30, 2009 | Type: In the News
A Gilbert salon owner whose flesh-eating fish once nibbled the dead skin from her customers' feet is biting back after the Arizona Board of Cosmetology ordered a halt to the service.
Hearing on Tempe aquarium lawsuit set for Dec. 9.Posted on November 30, 2009 | Type: In the News
Lawyers for the Goldwater Institute, a conservative Phoenix think tank, and Tempe will appear before a judge next week to present preliminary information on the lawsuit the institute filed last week, which claims the city offered the developer of Sea Life Aquarium an illegal incentive.
Suit vs. Tempe could sink aquarium at Arizona Mills MallPosted on November 25, 2009 | Type: In the News
A June opening for the 26,000-square-foot aquarium at Arizona Mills Mall could be in jeopardy after a conservative think tank filed a lawsuit claiming that the incentive Tempe offered the developer is illegal.
Goldwater Institute Sues Tempe Over Handouts for AquariumPosted on November 23, 2009 | Type: Press Release
Subsidy violates same constitutional provisions as controversial CityNorth mall
Coons v. Hallman (Sea Life Aquarium)Posted on November 23, 2009 | Type: Case
The City of Tempe made a deal with the developer of Sea Life Aquarium, an aquarium at a local shopping mall, to provide Sea Life with tax subsidies and concessions. The subsidies and concessions violated the Arizona Constitution and state law, which prohibit “gifts” of public money to private interests.