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 Licensing Raises Prices, Reduces Job OpportunitiesPosted on July 10, 2012 | Type: Press Release
New Goldwater Institute Analysis Says Strengthening Fraud Laws Could Protect People Without Hurting the Economy
Six Reforms to Occupational Licensing Laws to Increase Jobs and Lower CostsPosted on July 10, 2012 | Type: Policy Report | Author: Byron Schlomach
Do you have a love of fabric, furniture, and a talent for decorating? In a few states, unless you have a license, it’s tough luck if you want to start a decorating business. Most states actually have laws that limit the use of the title “interior designer.”
Who’s Afraid of African Hair Braiders?Posted on June 26, 2012 | Type: Blog | Author: Byron Schlomach
Why are cosmetology boards so obsessed with African hair braiders? African hair braiding is a technique of braiding hair into intricate patterns without using any dangerous chemicals. And even though cosmetology schools rarely, if ever, teach the art, at least every other year a story appears somewhere in the country about an African immigrant or American teenager ordered by a cosmetology board to stop braiding hair for money.
Learning from Arizona's Personal Income StatisticsPosted on June 14, 2012 | Type: Blog | Author: Byron Schlomach
First the bad news: Arizona’s per capita personal income is eleventh lowest among the states and is 14 percent lower than the national average. But there’s also good news: In the past, Arizona’s per capita income has been closer to the national average and there is no reason it cannot be again.
Arizona's Secret Growth IndustryPosted on May 08, 2012 | Type: Blog | Author: Stephen Slivinski
Last week, the U.S. Department of Labor released employment data for all 50 states. Arizona has done reasonably well since March 2011, adding 47,000 non-farm jobs. That’s a growth rate of around 2 percent and puts Arizona among the top 10 states.