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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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  • Eliminating state capital gains tax could spark an entrepreneurial surge

    Posted on January 19, 2012 | Type: Blog | Author: Stephen Slivinski

    An important driver of job growth is investment. Without investment, new businesses may not flourish or even see the light of day. And venture capital investment in technology start-ups is one of the highest-profile sources of new business births.

  • Ending the Solar Subsidy Fiasco

    Posted on January 12, 2012 | Type: Blog | Author: Clint Bolick

    It’s not every day that the New York Times makes a compelling case against government giveaways. But a recent page-one article underscored that the Solyndra scandal was only the tip of the solar-subsidy iceberg. Huge companies like Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, General Electric, utilities including Exelon and NRG, and even Google are receiving government guarantees that ensure large profits with virtually no risk — except to the taxpayer.

  • No surprise that jobs and money go where taxes are low, and Arizona can do better

    Posted on January 04, 2012 | Type: Blog | Author: Stephen Slivinski

    Every year, people and their income move between states. They move for a number of reasons, but there’s ample evidence that cost of living and its relationship to tax burdens are a factor.

  • NY Times profiles Goldwater Institute: "A Watchdog for Conservative Ideals"

    Posted on December 26, 2011 | Type: In the News | Author: Marc Lacey

    Clint Bolick looks like any other high-powered lawyer, for the most part. But glance down at his index finger, which sports a scorpion tattoo, for first-hand evidence of his unconventional streak.

  • Board of Cosmetology's Irrational Regulations Need a Makeover

    Posted on December 19, 2011 | Type: Blog | Author: Christina Sandefur

    The latest target of the Arizona Board of Cosmetology is entrepreneur Lauren Boice and her business Angels on Earth Home Beauty. Though Lauren’s unique business is a blessing to her homebound clients, the Board has come to treat her like an outlaw.

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