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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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  • No Time to Power Down

    Posted on March 05, 2002 | Type: In the News

    Nothing demonstrates better how feeble electricity deregulation has been in Arizona than the Corporation Commission's recent rejection of the proposed Toltec power station in Eloy. If the electricity market is open for competition, why do government regulators still prohibit private companies from providing electricity services to customers?

  • The Economic Effects of Increasing Competition in Long Distance Telecommunications Service in Arizona

    Posted on November 01, 2001 | Type: Policy Report | Author: David W. Sosa

    As a fragment of the former Bell system and the incumbent provider of local telephone service, Qwest is specifically prohibited by federal law from providing long distance telecommunications service in areas where it has traditionally offered local service. This means that it cannot provide voice and data service between Arizona and New Mexico, for example, nor between Phoenix and Tucson for that matter. To enter these markets, Qwest must obtain permission from state and federal regulators.

  • Carrots and Measuring Sticks - A Survey of State of the Art Contracting in Arizona

    Posted on February 01, 2000 | Type: Report

    There are two strategies public agencies may use to ensure private contractors perform as desired. The first is to focus on inputs and include in the contract specifications how a job is to be performed and with what inputs. The second strategy is to focus on outcomes. Performance-based contracting is a contracting system that concentrates on intended results and incorporates incentives for the contractor to achieve them.

  • Hotwiring Deregulation: How SRP Can Lead the Way to a Competitive Electric Market

    Posted on September 01, 1997 | Type: Policy Report | Author: Melinda Ogle

    At the end of 1996, the Arizona Corporation Commission passed a rule that phases in deregulation in the electricity industry over the next five years.

  • Privatization - Saving While Serving the Public

    Posted on April 15, 1988 | Type: Policy Report | Author: John Semmens

    In the years since the end of World War II, spending at all levels of government has risen faster than the rates of inflation and population growth combined. Part of the explanation for this dramatic increase in public sector outlays is that government is attempting to do more than ever before. Whether government should be attempting so much is an important issue, but one beyond the scope of this paper.

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