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Aid raises food pricesPosted on September 10, 2007 | Type: Op-Ed
David Bassingthwaites Aug. 28 letter to the editor addressing Tom Patterson's Aug. 20 column is a bit off the mark. The agricultural industry in the U.S. is not our best performer. If it were, it wouldn't need taxpayer money to keep it profitable. Bassingthwaite compared our food prices with European nations, which subsidize their farming industries at rates exceedingly higher than our own. The European Union subsidizes farming so much that European cows are subsidized to the tune of $2 a day, which happens to be double the daily income of almost 1 billion people on the planet. Celebrating cheaper U.S. food prices relative to the most expensive food prices in the world is like coming in next to last in a race and thinking we cant do any better.
CityNorth fight revives subsidy debatePosted on August 13, 2007 | Type: In the News
CityNorth will be a 144-acre complex of hotels, shops, restaurants, department stores, outdoor spaces, residences and parking garages. It is in the heart of Desert Ridge, the master-planned community surrounding the corner of Deer Valley Road and Tatum Boulevard, north of Loop 101.
Making an ImpactPosted on June 07, 2007 | Type: Blog | Author: Clint Bolick
Prospective Arizona homebuyers face a double-whammy: escalating prices compounded by skyrocketing fees imposed by voracious local governments.
Giveaways to corporations stick regular taxpayers with hefty tabPosted on May 20, 2007 | Type: In the News
Scottsdale's Motor Mile just may be one of the most profitable corners of real estate in Arizona. Featuring luxury cars such as Bentley and Rolls-Royce, its a safe bet most Arizonans probably will spend more time dreaming about cars like these than driving them. So why are taxpayers footing bills for these dealerships? A few years ago, the Scottsdale City Council voted to give $1.5 million to 19 car dealers for an ad campaign to make the area the ultimate car buying destination. I guess 19 car dealerships weren't obvious enough.
The Millionaires ClubPosted on May 01, 2007 | Type: Blog
A few weeks ago, the Phoenix City Council agreed to give Thomas J. Klutznick Co. $100 million for building a high-end shopping center. Backers of the deal say failure to subsidize retail would send developers to other cities or to Arizona's Indian reservations.