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-In an important victory for consumers and free enterprise, the U.S. Supreme Court today struck down laws in New York and Michigan that make it a crime to buy wine directly from vineyards in other states, calling such laws discriminatory and anti-competitive. The decision may render similar Arizona laws unconstitutional.

Dino Paspalakis was sure his business was secure. For 17 years, as co-owner of Joyland Amusement Center, a popular arcade in Daytona Beach, Florida, he's been pouring his money into upgrades, drawing a consistent clientele, and carrying on the family business.


The Goldwater Institute filed an amicus brief in Granholm v. Heald, now before the U.S. Supreme Court, arguing that wine distribution laws in states such as Arizona and Michigan violate the Commerce Clause of the U.S. Constitution.

PDF attached.

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

Arizona wine consumers are getting the short end of the stick when it comes to buying wines they enjoy. A bizarre set of laws makes purchasing many wines impossible, despite the fact that such wines are widely available on the Internet.

In a November 2003 Goldwater Institute policy report, Mark Brnovich made the case for removing restrictions on the purchase and shipment of wine.  As a follow-up to that report, this policy brief demonstrates how practical application of existing laws impedes consumer choice and hampers the free market.

Californians are converging on Arizona in record numbers. Between 1995 and 2000, nearly 200,000 Californians moved to the Grand Canyon State. And while California lost 755,000 residents, Arizona gained almost 800,000, U.S. Census numbers show.

So why do so many Californians move to Arizona?

PHOENIX-In a report released today by the Goldwater Institute, economist William B. Conerly argues that reforming Arizona's unemployment insurance (UI) system would benefit workers, families, and employers, and help the state save money. "This is a win-win situation for Arizonans," said Dr. Conerly. "With a few changes to the system, we can get Arizonans back to work."

Dr. Conerly's work is supported by the American Institute for Full Employment .

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

A suitable unemployment insurance (UI) policy should work to promote employment. Essentially unchanged since its inception in the 1930s, the existing UI system actually works against employment. The current system increases average time spent unemployed and leads to a substantial number of temporary layoffs.

PHOENIX-In a policy report released today, Goldwater Institute constitutional studies director Mark Brnovich urges Arizona to lift its ban prohibiting direct shipment of out-of-state wine to Arizona consumers. In his report, Trading Grapes: The Case for Direct Wine Shipments in Arizona, Brnovich explains how Arizona's ban violates the Commerce Clause of the U.S. Constitution, raises prices, and hurts Arizona's domestic wine industry.

Scottsdale's Los Arcos project may be the most absurd corporate handout in the state. The city plans to give a $37 million subsidy to a private developer for a project that includes installment of a Wal-Mart. As Dave Barry would say, I'm not making this up. While many towns in America are engaged in (misguided) struggles to keep Wal-Marts out, Scottsdale is actually spending millions of taxpayer dollars to bring one in.

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