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  • A Makeover for the Cosmetology Board

    Posted on May 02, 2013 | Type: Blog | Author: Christina Sandefur

    Thanks to a Goldwater Institute lawsuit and the courage of a local entrepreneur, the Arizona Board of Cosmetology has gotten a makeover.

  • Let Union Pacific Create Jobs in Arizona

    Posted on April 25, 2013 | Type: Blog | Author: Byron Schlomach

    Over six years ago, the Union Pacific Railroad (UP) expressed interest in buying some state trust land north of Tucson where it could build a switching yard. The state’s Land Department, however, has vacillated. While Arizona regularly hands out incentives to attract large companies – especially solar companies – it drags its feet on a deal that would cost the state nothing and bring in revenues, not to mention hundreds of jobs.

  • The Moral Side of Supporting Entrepreneurship

    Posted on April 03, 2013 | Type: Blog | Author: Stephen Slivinski

    These days, many supporters of limited government seem concerned that the public isn’t with them on issues like the role of government in society. It’s hard to deny it’s true on some level or on some issues.

  • Solyndra, Arizona-Style

    Posted on March 21, 2013 | Type: Blog | Author: Clint Bolick

    Two years ago, when the Legislature considered reining in handouts to the solar industry by the Arizona Corporation Commission, the hearing room was packed with lobbyists opposing the move. Solar subsidies, they argued, were the cornerstone of the state’s job creation program.

  • Entrepreneurship Is a Key to Poverty Reduction

    Posted on November 13, 2012 | Type: Blog | Author: Stephen Slivinski

    During the economic boom of the 2000s, the poverty rate – the percentage of the state population that lives under the federal poverty line – went down in many states. That’s not too surprising – a rising economic tide will usually lift all boats.

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