The ASCP, essentially a who's who of corporate boosters pushing a massive region-wide and environmentally-destructive development project (which includes the idiotic Loop 202 expansion, recently ranked by the Sierra Club as one of the worst transportation projects in the US), lists several attributes that they see as arguing in favor of out of state businesses relocating to Arizona. They basically break down into two categories: (1) You can exploit your workers, and (2) You won't be taxed while you do it.
|Just a few of GPEC's corporate partners, putting their seal of approval on GPEC's vision of high corporate profits and low worker protections.|
While one of the seven bullet points listed under the heading "Expand or Relocate Your Business to the Arizona Sun Corridor" refers to the number of flights that out of state corporate execs can take as they zip in and out before and after exploiting Arizona workers, the rest clearly highlight the relative ease with which that exploitation will take place, as well as the low rate of taxation the corporations and their execs will get while pocketing their profits.
- "Individual income taxes are 4.5% versus up to 13.3% in California
- Corporate taxes are capped at 6.97% and decreasing to 4.9%
- Workers compensation rates are almost half of those in California
- We have the lowest unemployment insurance tax in the nation
- Our unionization rate is up to four times lower than in California
- We’re a Right to Work State"
In the end, though, what the website and the glossy magazine show us is their ideal vision of the world. One in which development, high profits and CEO pay come at the expense of workers, who get little or no protection on the job, little to no recourse when injured at work, and little to no protection from dislocation between jobs when some fatcat executive prefers taking profits over keeping you employed. Hey, that private jet doesn't pay for itself, you know. Welcome to the future. Welcome to the Sun Corridor.