1  Michael D. LaFaive and James Hohman, "MEGA Grant Requests: What Companies Say," (Mackinac Center for Public Policy, 2006), (accessed July 24, 2009).

2  Mark Morante and Toni Brownfield, memorandum with Michigan Economic Growth Authority, January 16, 2007.

3  MCL § 207.810.

4  Adam Robach, Freedom of Information Act correspondence with James Hohman, July 22, 2009.

5  Ibid.

6  Trace Graham, Freedom of Information Act correspondence with James Hohman, April 3, 2008.

7   Karla Campbell, e-mail correspondence with Trace Graham and Mark Morante, February 13, 2009.

8  "Report: Tracking Jobs Commission Spending to Become More Difficult," Gongwer News Service, February 19, 1999.

9  "An Interview With Alma Wheeler Smith," Michigan Information & Research Service, July 2, 2009.

10  Paul Egan, "Democrats: MEDC Should Lose State Funds," Lansing State Journal, Feb. 12, 2000, 1A.

11  Ibid., 5A.

12  "Brandenburg: Big Cuts Possible for MEDC," Gongwer News Service, April 20, 2005.

13  Suzanne Lowe, "MEGA: Annual Report -- S.B. 71 (S-1) Summary as Passed by the Senate," ed. Michigan Senate Fiscal Agency (Michigan Senate Fiscal Agency, 2009), 1.

14  Lowe, "MEGA: Annual Report -- S.B. 71 (S-1) Summary as Passed by the Senate," 2.

15  "State of Michigan Journal of the House of Representatives: 95th Legislature, Regular Session of 2009,"  (2009), 167.

16  "Performance Audit of the Michigan Strategic Fund Oct. 1, 1988 Through Oct. 31, 1992,"  (Michigan Office of the Auditor General, 1993), ii.

17  "Performance Audit of Selected Training Related Programs: Michigan Economic Development Corporation,"  (Michigan Office of the Auditor General, 2003), 13.

18  LaFaive and Hicks, "MEGA: A Retrospective Assessment," 98-102.

19  Ibid., 23-25.

20  Author's calculations based on "Bureau of Economic Analysis Regional Economic Accounts: Gross Domestic Product by State," Bureau of Economic Analysis, http://www.bea.gov/regional/gsp/ (accessed July 1, 2009).

21  Ibid.

22  Ibid.

23  Author's calculations based on "State and Area Employment, Hours, and Earnings: Michigan (Statewide, Total Nonfarm, Seasonally Adjusted)," Bureau of Labor Statistics, http://data.bls.gov/PDQ/outside.jsp?survey=sm (accessed July 21, 2009).

24  Rick Haglund, "Will Agency Survive under New Governor?," The Grand Rapids Press, November 7, 2001.

25  James Madison, "Letter to W.T. Barry," in The Founders' Constitution (University of Chicago Press, 1822).

26  "Adopted Minutes," ed. Michigan Economic Growth Authority (2001).

27  George A. Fulton, Ph.D., Peter Nicolas, and Donald R. Grimes, "The Economic Effects on Michigan of the Visteon Corporation Location Decision,"  (University of Michigan, 2001).

28  Ibid.

29  Graham.

30  "MEGA Credits vs. Conversions - All Companies for all Years,"  (Michigan Economic Development Corporation, 2009).

31  Kathy Blake, MEDC senior vice president, business development, correspondence ("Briefing Memorandum - Visteon Corporation") with Michigan Economic Growth Authority, November 13, 2001.

32  Ibid.

33  Susan Ireland, e-mail correspondence with Michael D. LaFaive, June 1, 2009.