The Michigan Economic Development Corp. will no longer include estimates of indirect job creation in announcing its corporate welfare and other subsidy handouts.
“It’s definitely a step in the right direction,” James Hohman, fiscal policy analyst, told The Kalamazoo Gazette. “The numbers they report are fictitious and unverifiable.”
An investigation of the MEDC in 2009 by Hohman and Fiscal Policy Director Mike LaFaive found that less than one-third of the jobs the agency has claimed would be created have actually come to fruition.
A former state senator went so far as to say the MEDC’s press releases “are an absolute disconnect with reality,” according to Michigan Capitol Confidential.