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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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  • Board of Cosmetology's Irrational Regulations Need a Makeover

    Posted on December 19, 2011 | Type: Blog | Author: Christina Sandefur

    The latest target of the Arizona Board of Cosmetology is entrepreneur Lauren Boice and her business Angels on Earth Home Beauty. Though Lauren’s unique business is a blessing to her homebound clients, the Board has come to treat her like an outlaw.

  • Entrepreneur Providing In-Home Service To Elderly, Bedridden Fights Unconstitutional Regulations

    Posted on December 13, 2011 | Type: Press Release

    A cancer survivor and former hospice nurse’s assistant is suing the Arizona Board of Cosmetology over rules she says unconstitutionally deny her the right to earn an honest living – while at the same time needlessly denying services to homebound, elderly and bedridden individuals across the state.

  • Freedom is the key to jobs

    Posted on December 13, 2011 | Type: Blog | Author: Byron Schlomach

    With America’s unemployment rate at or above 9 percent for three years, prior to the rate being pushed down by people leaving the workforce, job creation is on everybody’s mind. Unfortunately, for many policymakers across the country the ideas to turn that rate around – tax breaks for big corporations or outright subsidies to biotechnology, solar power, or other high-tech industries – have been tried, with little to show for them.

  • Boice v. Aune

    Posted on December 13, 2011 | Type: Case

    With her background in cosmetology and nursing, cancer-survivor Lauren Boice saw a need for cosmetology services for home-bound patients and those in assisted-living facilities. She launched Angels on Earth Home Beauty, which connects the elderly, sick, and terminally ill with licensed cosmetologists who can perform haircuts, manicures, or massages right in the clients’ homes and assisted-living facilities.

  • State policymakers can give a gift of certainty next year

    Posted on December 08, 2011 | Type: Blog | Author: Stephen Slivinski

    Since 2001, the federal tax code allowed business owners to write off more of the investment they make in their company each year and, today, businesses can write off 100 percent of the capital investments they made this year. But if Congress and the President don’t act, that tax cut will end in January 2012. State policymakers, on the other hand, could offer a little certainty in their state income tax code by allowing businesses to immediately write-off on their taxes the full value of their new capital investments.

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