Economic Development

Michigan House Rejects Cronyism Bills

‘TIF on steroids’ legislation dead for now

‘TIF on steroids’ legislation dead for now … more

Mackinac Scholars Challenge Tourism Officials to Debate

Letter sent to key proponents of Pure Michigan campaign

Letter sent to key proponents of Pure Michigan campaign … more

Tourism Officials Invited To Debate Efficacy of Pure Michigan

Mackinac Center researchers challenge state to defend claim that program is worth its cost

Mackinac Center researchers challenge state to defend claim that program is worth its cost … more

Pistons Move to Downtown Comes With Big Taxpayer Price Tag

Mackinac Center experts comment on the deal in state media

Mackinac Center experts comment on the deal in state media … more

Study: New Sports Facilities Do Not Increase New Business Openings

Research discredits idea for ‘catalyst’ or ‘transformational’ developments

Research discredits idea for ‘catalyst’ or ‘transformational’ developments … more

Study: Pure Michigan a Poor Investment

New study raises questions about Pure Michigan’s effectiveness

New study raises questions about Pure Michigan’s effectiveness … more

Time to End the 21st Century Jobs Fund

New Mackinac study featured in state media

New Mackinac study featured in state media … more

Study Recommends Ending Michigan’s 21st Century Jobs Fund

The program has failed even by its own measurements

The program has failed even by its own measurements … more

An Evaluation of Michigan's 21st Century Jobs Fund

In 2005, Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm launched a project intended to stimulate he state’s economy: the 21st Century Jobs Fund. At the time the state had not yet recovered from the 2001 national recession and was suffering the country’s highest unemployment levels.
After a tough political battle to establish the program and after making a number of compromises, the 21st Century Jobs Fund was created. The program was to be funded from 2006 to 2015, and in the 2013-14 legislative session, under a new governor and Legislature, it was extended until 2019 and provided with $75 million in continued annual funding.
After ten years of existence, this program has received little attention and its effectiveness has never been measured. All government programs should be reviewed regularly, and it is time for a close look at the 21st Century Jobs Fund. … more

A Quick Brief on the Housing Recovery in Michigan

Price of average home is approaching record levels

Price of average home is approaching record levels … more

Michigan Crushes Korea in Corporate Welfare Handouts

Nearly $9 billion in crony-capitalism subsidies

Nearly $9 billion in subsidies over two years … more

Blown Away By Flawed Research on Jobs Program

Michigan spent millions with little to show for it

Michigan spent millions with little to show for it … more

New Evidence: Film Incentives Still Don’t Work

Research from Michael Thom analyzes a variety of programs

Research from Michael Thom analyzes a variety of programs … more

Rumors of Taxpayer Spending

State job funds are expensive and underwhelming

State job funds are expensive and underwhelming … more

Economic Interference Week

Economic Development Week is no cause for celebration

Economic Development Week is no cause for celebration … more

Job Churn Shows Why Targeted Tax Favors Do Not Work

There is constant job loss and creation in the state economy

There is constant job loss and creation in the state economy … more

Pure Michigan Campaign Ineffective, Needs To End

New op-ed published in the Detroit News

New op-ed published in the Detroit News … more

Pure Flummery: Seeing Double on Corporate Welfare Spin

Pure Michigan ads are attractive corporate welfare

Pure Michigan ads are attractive corporate welfare … more

Reasons to be Optimistic Abound in Michigan Economy

State leads the way out of recession, but work still to do

State leads the way out of recession, but work still to do … more

Are Michigan's Record Labor Force Gains Real?

Can we celebrate recent record-breaking job growth figures? … more

Grand Rapids: Michigan's Boomtown

Recovered from recent recession and grown beyond its 2000 peak

Recovered from recession and grown beyond its 2000 peak … more

Tax Cuts Beat Selective Favors in Economic Growth

Only broad changes will improve the state's economy

Only broad changes will improve the state's economy … more

Michigan Competitiveness Stuck on Mediocre

Economic outlook has improved, but could be better

Economic outlook has improved, but could be better … more

College Grads Attracted to Opportunity Before Bike Lanes

To increase college grads, increase opportunities for all … more

LaFaive Op-Ed Published in The Detroit News

Why Michigan shouldn't single out Switch for tax breaks

Why Michigan shouldn't single out Switch for tax breaks … more

Addition by Subtraction

Detroit's economy stagnates under regulatory burden

Detroit's economy stagnates under regulatory burden … more

Republicans Backtracking on Previous Good Tax Work

More holes in the tax code with data center deal

Shooting more holes in the tax code with data center deal … more

The MEDC’s Pure Michigan Puffery: Part II

Reforms could make agency more credible

Reforms could make agency more creditable … more

MEDC’s Pure Michigan Puffery: Part I

Agency claims about success deserve more scrutiny

Agency claims about success deserve more scrutiny … more

Lawmakers Rushing Through Special Tax Breaks

Will GOP backtrack on select deals?

Taxpayers shouldn't subsidize Steelcase pyramid deal … more

Will Republicans Backtrack on Corporate Welfare Cuts?

Many economic development programs receive bipartisan support

Many economic development programs receive bipartisan support … more

How to Improve Economic Development Transparency

State considers changes to economic development disclosure

State considers changes to economic development disclosure … more

Film Incentives Clearly Hurt

Studies show a lack of positive economic impact

Studies show a lack of positive economic impact … more

So Long Film Subsidies

Other 'economic development' programs should be next

Other economic development programs should be next … more

The Problem of Corporate Welfare

Corporate welfare leaves smaller companies to struggle … more

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