Government Red Tape
Many cities, counties, and states wrap small businesses up in red tape that goes far beyond protecting public health and safety. For example, when theater owners in Tucson painted a large mural on the side of their building to advertise an upcoming show, the city cracked down, citing the theater for not following the proper permitting steps, including making a formal presentation before the Sign Code Advisory Committee. Goldwater helps cities see the long-term advantage in minimal, consistent regulation – and isn’t afraid to step in when they overstep their constitutional authority.
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Moving Forward: A Road Map for Choice and CompetitionPosted 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.
Charter Schools Outperforming Traditional CounterpartsPosted on May 22, 2013 | Type: Press Release
In a new report released Wednesday, Goldwater Institute education director Jonathan Butcher documents the successes of charter schools in Arizona. The report recommends several key reforms to ensure that charter schools can continue to flourish over the next 20 years, including safeguarding against government red tape and ensuring they have access to underused traditional school facilities.
A Makeover for the Cosmetology BoardPosted 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 ArizonaPosted 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.
Media Advisory: Board of Cosmetology Will Cease Regulating Small BusinesswomanPosted on April 24, 2013 | Type: Press Release
A cancer survivor and former hospice nurse’s assistant, Boice founded Angels on Earth Home Beauty, a dispatch-service to connect homebound elderly and ill clients with licensed cosmetologists who can perform haircuts, manicures or massages right in the clients’ own homes. In a classic story of government run amok, the Arizona Board of Cosmetology began threatening to shut down Boice’s business unless she complied with regulations designed for beauty salons, not home visits. The Board even demanded she open a physical salon location even though her homebound clients would never step foot inside. In the legally binding settlement agreement filed with the court, the Board agrees to stop requiring Lauren to comply with these regulations and promises it will not to regulate business people like her in the future.