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.
A new study commissioned by the Phoenix-based Goldwater Institute think tank calls for the elimination of the federal unemployment tax on employers and opposes proposed increases to state unemployment insurance benefits.
The study, which will officially be published next month, was conducted by Oregon economist William Conerly.
Every month, the plain brown cardboard box arrives at my office, right on schedule. It is delivered not by a uniformed guy from UPS or FedEx but by a courier wearing ordinary clothing and driving an unmarked vehicle.
There is no return address on the box; nothing indicating what is inside. I wait until I get home to open it, not wanting my co-workers to know what I'm having delivered.
I'm not sure what I'm doing is legal or not, but it certainly seems shady. Regardless, I'm made to feel like a criminal - and that's exactly what the state of Arizona wants.
Arizona is late getting into the game and will have trouble becoming a major player in the biotechnology industry, the Brookings Institution said in a report released Tuesday.
The Brookings report looked at how 51 metropolitan areas stacked up in aspects such as biotechnology infrastructure, venture capital funding and biomedical research funding. The Valley and nine other metro areas ranked in the bottom of four tiers....
This past session, the legislature created or continued more than 25 agencies, regulating everything from private postsecondary education to adult foster care homes. But well-intentioned regulations often make things worse, not better, for consumers.
Complying with extensive regulation means businesses operate at higher costs, which can translate into higher prices for consumers and fewer jobs for workers.
So called big box stores like Wal-Mart, Ikea and Costco have become the favorite whipping boys of some policymakers. The City of Phoenix is considering new zoning regulations that would make it tougher for these retailers to set-up shop.
If bureaucrats were the only people who suffered the effects of this commercial snobbery, such measures wouldn't matter much. Unfortunately, in this case, all consumers suffer.
In 1969, Neil Armstrong captured world attention with his momentous walk on the moon. The Legislature recently took its own step by passing wine reform legislation, opening up competition in the Arizona wine market. That's one small step for wine consumers, one giant leap for economic liberty.
Eeyore would feel right at home in Tucson. Arizona's second city has become a rather gloomy place.
Tucson policymakers fear Tucson lacks a "vibrant core" and will never attract creative class workers that supposedly drive economic growth. If only we were more like Austin, they opine.
According to the Tucson Citizen, the Texas capitol has "rhythm and synergy;" it has a cool music scene, a hip downtown. All true, but if the goal is economic growth and jobs, Tucson is doing more things right than Austin.
Arizona Public Service Company (APS) has said that if the Arizona Corporation Commission doesn’t approve its requested 11 percent electricity rate increase, its bond rating could be at risk. Combined with APS’ January increase of five percent, the net effect on APS electricity customers will be a 16 percent increase in the first few months of the year.
A new ruling by a federal court in Washington State may shed light on whether Arizona’s wine laws are constitutional.
Plaintiffs are asking the federal district court in Phoenix to declare Arizona’s wine distribution system unconstitutional because it discriminates against out-of-state wineries.
On September 28, the Institute for Justice filed a lawsuit challenging excessive regulations issued by the Structural Pest Control Commission (SPCC). The regulations prevent gardeners and landscapers from doing the ordinary spraying over-the-counter herbicides for their clients. The SPCC regulations don't just lie in the weeds. They're enforced with hefty fines, which means a $500 penalty for one of the plaintiffs in this case.