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Want a thriving economy? The Goldwater Institute knows that best business climate is one where low taxes and minimal regulation benefit all employers – not one where subsidies and special tax breaks offer an advantage to a chosen few. When a government agency can decide which businesses to favor, it opens the door for the misguided pursuit of investment fads or, at worst, the potential for corruption and abuse. Our research offers sound policies for government, and we’re not afraid to fight when we see bad ideas that put taxpayers at risk.

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  • Arizona Commerce Cronies: Picking and Choosing Winners With Your Tax Dollars

    Posted on March 20, 2014 | Type: Report | Author: Emily Gersema

    Most government departments and agencies have a governing board, council or commission that discusses and makes major spending decisions in public meetings. However, the state laws that govern the ACA allow the board of directors, its committees, subcommittees and advisory councils to discuss business opportunities in executive session. The chief executive officer, who does not have to hold public meetings to discuss or vote on which businesses the agency will aid, has unilateral authority to award subsidies.

  • Hirshman v. Rothschild (Bid Preference Suit)

    Posted on February 06, 2014 | Type: Case

    The City of Tucson recently enacted a discriminatory local bid preference ordinance, casting off the fundamental concepts of fairness, openness, and predictability in the public procurement process. In doing so, the city raised costs for taxpayers in Tucson and throughout the state, guaranteeing Tucsonans will pay more for public services, while encouraging other cities to discriminate against Tucson businesses that seek to do work outside Old Pueblo.

  • Moving Forward: A Road Map for Choice and Competition

    Posted on July 15, 2013 | Type: Report | Author: Andrew N. Kleit

    Choice and competition can drive Arizona’s electricity market to produce more power at a lower cost—with greater economic efficiency propelling greater economic growth and job creation. This article provides a road map with specific recommendations tailored to Arizona's unique market conditions to ensure reform is a success.

  • A Makeover for the Cosmetology Board

    Posted on May 02, 2013 | Type: Blog | Author: Christina Sandefur

    Thanks to a Goldwater Institute lawsuit and the courage of a local entrepreneur, the Arizona Board of Cosmetology has gotten a makeover.

  • Let Union Pacific Create Jobs in Arizona

    Posted on April 25, 2013 | Type: Blog | Author: Byron Schlomach

    Over six years ago, the Union Pacific Railroad (UP) expressed interest in buying some state trust land north of Tucson where it could build a switching yard. The state’s Land Department, however, has vacillated. While Arizona regularly hands out incentives to attract large companies – especially solar companies – it drags its feet on a deal that would cost the state nothing and bring in revenues, not to mention hundreds of jobs.

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