Pima County Report Dismal, Miller Launches 30 Day Challenge

On October 19, Arizona’s Office of Economic Opportunity released the Monthly Employment Report, which shows that Pima County’s employers are losing ground in comparison to much of the state. Total private industry jobs in Pima County dropped from 295,900 to 295,600 in one month alone.

“The jobs situation is Pima County is a direct result of leadership’s impractical concept of economic development. Rather than focus on infrastructure, Pima County has invested in risky enterprises,” said Pima County Supervisor Ally Miller (District 1).

In April 2017, the Goldwater Institute released a study by Shirley V. Svorny, Ph.D., in which she outlined the policies that lead to economic growth.

“The jobs situation is Pima County is a direct result of leadership’s impractical concept of economic development. Rather than focus on infrastructure, Pima County has invested in risky enterprises,” said Pima County Supervisor Ally Miller (District 1).
In April 2017, the Goldwater Institute released a study by Shirley V. Svorny, Ph.D., in which she outlined the policies that lead to economic growth.

In her study, Economic Development in Pima County, Dr. Svorny recommended:

● Limiting unnecessary regulations that raise firms’ costs and reduce their competitive position.

● Revising zoning laws to facilitate location decisions and to reduce the costs of the permitting process.

● Limiting Pima County influence over land use decisions.

● Lowering business and individual tax rates.

● Prioritizing the provision of core services and producing them efficiently. Amenities such as road maintenance, public safety, and the maintenance of open spaces for recreation are attractive to firms and to the employees they hope to hire.

● Reducing the cost of local government services through privatization or vouchers. Both may create competition that encourages efficiency and improves service quality.

“Dr. Svorny’s common sense recommendations have been ignored. The majority of Pima County supervisors want once again to raise taxes, while continuing the same anti-business practices that have harmed our residents for years. The Monthly Employment Report should be a wake-up call to my fellow supervisors. The current situation is not sustainable. Our residents deserve better,” stated Supervisor Miller.

Supervisor Miller has launched her “30 Day Challenge.” Miller is challenging residents to assist her in combing through the Pima County budget to identify funding that could be reallocated to fixing Pima County’s failing roads. To learn more about the challenge click here

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