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.
- In the News
How Cities Can Drive Economic Growth in Five Easy StepsPosted on May 12, 2014 | Type: In the News | Author: Byron Schlomach
Cities across the country struggled through the recent recession, and several even declared bankruptcy, including Stockton and San Bernardino in California, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, Central Falls, Rhode Island and, perhaps most famously, Detroit, Michigan. Stockton’s decline has been harrowing as its finances have so declined that essential services, especially the police, have been reduced. The city’s gang and narcotics teams had to be disbanded even as the city saw its murder rate hit an all-time high in 2012. The city is learning to fight back with help from the county sheriff and changes to its policing methods, but real long-term damage has been done to its reputation. Even before its bankruptcy, Detroit had a plan on the table to reduce costs by demolishing abandoned houses and commercial buildings. The city’s decline has been so thorough that it has been used as an example of what happens to buildings in its Life After People series.