Business & Job Creation
Businesses need a friendly and fair business environment so they can compete, innovate, and create jobs. We’re keeping politicians from playing favorites by offering special deals and tax breaks to the favored few.
In 2008, the Arizona Legislature will consider whether to enact the Cellphone Users Bill of Rights to regulate wireless phone service in the state. Provisions include a ban on wireless contracts with an initial term over one year and several letting consumers rescind their contracts more easily.
In modern politics, many believe that the government plays the role of Robin Hood. Through progressive taxation and spending, proponents believe that government reduces poverty while making everyone pay their fair share. The pages that follow will empirically evaluate the effectiveness of state government as Robin Hood.
Arizona cities are at war with each other in a high-stakes bid to lure such retailers as Cabelas, Cadillac, and Costco. To win the corporate spoils, cities offer incentive packages that include everything from land grants to a share of sales tax revenue. In this bidding game, however, the only winners are the corporations. Cities and taxpayers lose money, and existing businesses face unfair competition.
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.
From 1990 to 2000 Arizona's population increased by 1.5 million residents, making it the second fastest-growing state in the nation. Of the state's 5 million inhabitants, 3.3 million, or 65 percent, came from another state or from outside the United States. Despite this overwhelming evidence that Arizona is a desirable place to live and work, the state's growth has generated a great deal of worry.
Phoenix--Tom Preston has owned and operated Virtual Reality, a tattoo studio in Mesa, for 14 years, with no consumer complaints or legal infractions. But when he and his wife, Elizabeth, sought to open a new studio in a vacant storefront in a strip mall on Scottsdale Road in Tempe, the City Council gave him a resounding no.
Phoenix -- While health insurance costs continue to rise nationwide, policymakers can do more to bring more affordable health insurance to Arizona, according to a new Goldwater Institute report released today.
Phoenix -- Arizona cities are at war. They are at war with each other over retailers and car dealerships. In order to lure these businesses into their city limits, cities offer incentive packages that include everything from free land to a share of sales tax revenue. From Costco to Cadillac to Cabelas, corporations are winning big on the taxpayer dime and existing local businesses face unfair competition.