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.
Today would have been the 100th birthday of pioneering economist, author and school choice advocate Milton Friedman. In honor of the Nobel prize-winning professor, here's a quick video he made using a simple pencil to show how the free market promotes harmony and world peace.
As the state has faced mountains of red ink over the last few years, one of the budget casualties has been the State Parks department. Some parks have been temporarily closed to save money and permanently closing others has been debated. As the economy begins to recover, all parks that were temporarily closed have reopened, but that doesn’t mean the department is out of the woods. The real obstacle to keeping our state parks open isn’t money. It’s bureaucracy.
Months after cries of “emergency,” the City of Glendale will be given another season to try to keep the Phoenix Coyotes hockey team playing in the desert.
Last year, the Glendale City Council approved a contract with Chicago millionaire Matthew Hulsizer to buy the team with the help of $116 million in municipal bonds backed by taxpayer dollars. The council declared that the bonds were an “emergency,” which took away the taxpayers’ right to petition for a public vote on the deal.
With government at all levels routinely violating its own laws, it is a joy to write about one that is doing the right thing.
When developers approached Peoria, Ariz. about building a regional medical center, city officials were delighted—until the developers demanded a subsidy, initially a waiver and eventually a deferral of $1.2 million in fees and taxes.
A new Verizon commercial shows little Susie working her lemonade stand when her father hands her a smart phone with a calculator in it. Susie’s eyes light up. She immediately uses the technology to network friends into a lemonade empire, complete with an office building behind her house.
That is American exceptionalism. With little burden from government, anyone with a good idea, a strong work ethic, and a willingness to serve others in a competitive environment has a chance to succeed.
New Goldwater Institute Analysis Says Strengthening Fraud Laws Could Protect People Without Hurting the Economy
Why are cosmetology boards so obsessed with African hair braiders? African hair braiding is a technique of braiding hair into intricate patterns without using any dangerous chemicals. And even though cosmetology schools rarely, if ever, teach the art, at least every other year a story appears somewhere in the country about an African immigrant or American teenager ordered by a cosmetology board to stop braiding hair for money.
First the bad news: Arizona’s per capita personal income is eleventh lowest among the states and is 14 percent lower than the national average. But there’s also good news: In the past, Arizona’s per capita income has been closer to the national average and there is no reason it cannot be again.
New Goldwater Institute Analysis Shines Light On “Academic Detailing”
Blogger Mike McClellan criticizes the Goldwater Institute and me specifically for our estimate that the 1-cent sales tax rate increase would cost Arizonans 14,000 to 20,000 jobs. He cites the increase in the number of jobs in the state over the last two years and recent predictions that job growth will pick up as evidence of how wrong we were. There’s just one problem with McClellan’s thesis; it has no basis.