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.

<p>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.</p>

PHOENIX – The Goldwater Institute’s legal challenge to the city of Tempe's attempt to give handouts to a private aquarium ended last week when a judge confirmed the lawsuit protected Tempe taxpayers and the Arizona state constitution.

A three-year legal battle has ended in a settlement, making way for Tom and Elizabeth Preston to open a tattoo studio in Tempe. The effort was derailed in 2007 when residents complained the business would hurt neighborhood-revitalization efforts and lower their property values.

Tom Preston said he and his wife got news of the settlement Thursday.

"We're super excited. Oh my gosh, we finally get to open," he said.

PHOENIX — After a three-year legal battle, Tom and Elizabeth Preston soon will be able to open Body Accents Tattoo and Piercing Studio in Tempe.

PHOENIX – The Arizona Corporation Commission has over-stepped its constitutional boundaries by making rules and regulations in areas our state founders never intended it to control, according to a new report from the Goldwater Institute.

The Arizona Corporation Commission was established through the state constitution to regulate corporations, public utilities, securities, and other investments. But in an unprecedented move, the Arizona Corporation Commission sought to single-handedly determine alternative energy policy in Arizona with a bold and unconstitutional energy mandate in 2006. This mandate forced energy producers to embrace state-favored alternatives instead of deciding for themselves which options are most attractive in Arizona.

GILBERT, Ariz. -- A Maricopa County Superior Court judge began hearing a lawsuit Monday on whether the Arizona Board of Cosmetology can ban the practice of using toothless carp to remove dead skin during pedicures at one Gilbert salon.

A lawsuit filed by the independent government watchdog group the Goldwater Institute on behalf of salon owner Cindy Vong challenges whether the state can ban Vong from using Garra rufa fish, a 2-inch carp that doesn't have teeth.

In June, it will be three years since Tom and Elizabeth Preston applied for a permit to open a tattoo studio in Tempe.

The Goldwater Institute's Clint Bolick argued before a judge in the latest hearing on Goldwater's suit against the Board of Cosmetology for overstepping its authority and shutting down a spa owner for a giving fish pedicures.

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The Goldwater Institute's Dr. Byron Schlomach appeared live on Channel 3 to talk about a new Goldwater Institute policy brief which shows most Arizonans on welfare are failing to find work or participate in job training.

The Goldwater Institute's Starlee Rhoades appeared on KPNX's Sunday Square Off to weigh in on issues including solar subsidies and a bill at the legislature that would make all presidential candidates show their birth certificates if they want to get their names on the Arizona ballot.

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