Government Red Tape
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Like millions of Americans, Donald and Susan Sutherland love ice cream. In fact, they like ice cream so much they decided to open their own ice cream store in Tempe. What started out as a single Cold Stone Creamery 18 years ago is today a growing company with outlets in 47 states and even the Caribbean.
Everyone can probably agree that the world is a better place with more ice cream in it.
But if you were to listen to Arizona Chain Reaction, we'd all be better off without "chains" like Cold Stone Creamery.
In 1998, the City of Tempe and America West Airlines entered into an agreement to redevelop part of downtown Tempe. The city agreed to convey property to America West for free and then pay America West approximately $15 million over twenty years. In return, America West pledged to develop the property and convey ownership of the improvements back to the city. Tempe agreed to then lease the property back to America West.
Realtors are trying to limit online real estate listings to keep out online brokers, who often charge less than the traditional full-service 6 percent commission. The U.S. Justice Department is investigating whether the practice is anti-competitive and violates anti-trust laws.
It's time to raise a glass of wine. The Supreme Court this week declared unconstitutional state regulatory schemes that allow in-state wineries to ship directly to consumers, but ban out-of-state wineries from doing the same. The Goldwater Institute filed an amicus curiae brief in the case, arguing these anti-competitive laws violate the Commerce Clause and cannot be saved by the 21st Amendment, which ended Prohibition.
Cities throughout the valley are considering ordinances that will require fire sprinklers in new residential homes. It's no surprise that the leading proponents of such mandates are fire-sprinkler business owners.
We've all been there. Usually after purchasing the newest electronic gizmo, we eventually file through the endless receipts, instructions, and warranty cards to find the rebate offers. Only, you now realize that perhaps your purchase doesn't qualify or you missed the eligible time frame. Such an experience may prompt you to curse the manufacturer and retailer, but you resolve to be more aware of such offers in the future.
The Goldwater Institute's Clint Bolick joined KJZZ's Here and Now to discuss his new book Death Grip: Loosening the Law's Stranglehold over Economic Liberty.
The Goldwater Institute's Carrie Ann Sitren joined Sen. Ron Gould to talk about government overreach into daycare regulation in Arizona.
The Goldwater Institute's Clint Bolick appeared on the Thom Hartmann Show to talk about his new book on economic liberty, Death Grip.
Goldwater Institute litigation director Clint Bolick joined Judge Andrew Napolitano on Fox Business Network's Freedom Watch to discuss his new book "Death Grip," about the need for more economic liberty.