Economic Development

Kalamazoo's Taxpayer Arena

Kalamazoo County wants taxpayers to help buy a new sports arena. … more

"Slashing" Economic Development Staff? Please Sir, Can We Have Some More?

The Michigan Economic Development Corporation — the lead agency in a statewide "economic development" empire — is arguably the most ineffective, least necessary department in state government. Shrinkage of the agency's staff is good news; staff levels reaching zero would be excellent news! Alas, declines reported by a recent Detroit News article aren't quite what they appear to be. … more

The Michigan Economic Development Corporation: A Review and Analysis

Video by Kathy Hoesktra, Mackinac Center communications specialist … more

Watch Lawrence Reed Speech at CMU!

“A Rich Folks’ Roller Coaster”

Jobs Tomorrow: Deja Vu

A Grand (Hotel) Lesson in Free Enterprise

The International Monetary Fund 's efforts to bail out failing foreign economies with American tax dollars harm not only thoseeconomies but also Michigan workers whose jobs depend on exported goods. … more

Using Sugar to Wash Down the Pork: The Joe Fordney Story

One hundred years ago, Saginaw Representative Joe Fordney was first elected to the U. S. House of Representatives. His 24-year career shows how protectionist tariffs hurt everyone-even the people they're supposed to help. … more

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