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>

Convinced the grass is greener, some Tucson business leaders and public officials recently went to Austin to study its best practices for generating growth.

According to a series of articles in the Tucson Citizen, the Texas capital has "rhythm and synergy," a cool music scene and a hip downtown.

Local 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.

SCOTTSDALE - Scottsdale is betting taxpayer money - $217 million - on incentives for retail and redevelopment projects that it expects will pay off over 20 years to generate nearly a half-billion dollars in city revenue.

SkySong, the costliest incentive project at $125 million, is the latest investment for the city. It is wagering that the ASU Scottsdale Innovation Center will revive Scottsdale's sagging southern flank.

A state economic program that attracts jobs and business investment to rural and urban areas with high unemployment and poverty rates is facing extinction because of some strong opposition in the state Legislature.

Some conservative Republicans and Democrats in the state Senate oppose extending the state's enterprise zone program because it offers special incentives and tax breaks to specific businesses.

Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon has said the multimillion dollar bonds up for voter approval will "propel us into the future, and it will be a future unlike any we predicted."

Unfortunately, the future is not likely to be as rosy as predicted. This year's bond package will cost taxpayers $1 billion more than advertised and has the potential to damage our economy.

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.


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."