Like many public-private partnerships, the Arizona Commerce Authority will be responsible not only for attracting new businesses, but also for doling out incentives. Others say the incentives many states use to lure new companies ignore the needs of businesses already in the state, especially small businesses, while paying their competition to move in next door.Read More »
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Weary of scrounging for solutions to a relentless financial mess, some Arizona lawmakers have changed from criticizing budget gimmicks to shrugging and accepting probably the most blatant one of all.Read More »
Goldwater Institute attorney Nick Dranias said he crafted his recently filed matching funds arguments with a very specific audience in mind: the U.S. Supreme Court’s more liberal members.Read More »
If the federal government wants to borrow money, states should have a say in it, Republican lawmakers and a representative of the Goldwater Institute said Wednesday morning.Read More »
The Goldwater Institute has named retiring U.S. Rep. John Shadegg of Arizona as a senior fellow.Read More »
Christopher Smith, a former Senate staff member and capitol lobbyist, died Saturday, Dec. 18 in Phoenix.Read More »
Gov. Jan Brewer plans to propose significant changes to the state's personnel system, possibly including a reduction of current job protections held by many workers.Read More »
Arizona’s Clean Elections system may rise from the dead just long enough to slap the people who are dancing on its grave.
Rep. Ted Vogt, a Tucson Republican, plans to introduce a bill that would drastically raise the campaign contribution limits for privately funded candidates. But the voter-approved law that created the Clean Elections system may require a three-fourths vote in the Legislature to change the contribution limits, which could slam the door on a proposal that’s certain to face stiff opposition.
“We can’t just give the Legislature the finger and ignore them. They raised some legitimate concerns, although antagonistically.” — Mick Rusing, a member of the Commission on Appellate Court Appointments, on having to convene again after Republican legislative leaders complained about the slate of nominees sent to them.Read More »
Republican lawmakers and the governor are moving ahead with a tax-reduction plan they say would enable Arizona to attract more businesses and jobs to the state, even though the likely result would be a heavier tax burden for homeowners.Read More »