Economic Development

An Evaluation of Michigan's 21st Century Jobs Fund

Click here to view the PDF of the full study. … more

Michigan Crushes Korea in Corporate Welfare Handouts

Nearly $9 billion in crony-capitalism subsidies

Nearly $9 billion in subsidies over two years … 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 Flummery: Seeing Double on Corporate Welfare Spin

Pure Michigan ads are attractive corporate welfare

Pure Michigan ads are attractive corporate welfare … 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

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

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

What the Olympics Can Teach Us About Subsidized Sports

Evidence piles up against public investment in stadiums and Olympic dreams

Evidence piles up against public investment in stadiums and Olympic dreams … 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

State Press Covers the End of Film Subsidies

Hohman comments on bill signed into law on July 10

Hohman comments on bill signed into law on July 10 … more

Gov. Rick Snyder Signs Bill Ending Film Subsidies

State has granted over $450 million in corporate welfare for the movie industry since 2008

State has granted over $450 million in corporate welfare for the movie industry since 2008 … more

A Look Back at Michigan's Battery Subsidies

Mackinac Center policy analysts discuss A123

Mackinac Center policy analysts discuss A123 … more

Michigan Film Incentives ‘All But Dead’

But if the MEDC wants them, it can keep them

But if the MEDC wants them, it can keep them … more

The Problem of Corporate Welfare

Corporate welfare leaves smaller companies to struggle … more

Tracking the True Cost of Tourism Spending

Fiscal policy initiative director discusses new study with Michael Patrick Shiels on Michigan's Big Show.

Fiscal policy initiative director discusses new study with Michael Patrick Shiels on Michigan's Big Show. … more

State Tourism Spending Ineffective

For every $1 spent, hotel industry gets one penny … more

Mackinac Expert Talks Film Incentives on NPR

No full-time jobs were created as a result of this corporate welfare

No full-time jobs were created as a result of this corporate welfare … more

Film Incentive Supporters Ignore the Facts

No evidence that Michigan's program is worth the cost

There's still no good evidence for this program … more

House Vote on Terminating Michigan Film Producer Subsidies

House rejects $50 million per year program

House rejects $50 million per year program. … more

'Blown Away' Program Prolonged

Corporate welfare program a continued failure

Corporate welfare program a continued failure. … more

Corporate Welfare for Hollywood Comes First

Michigan's roads can wait

Michigan's roads can wait. … more

Job Churn Shows Futility of Corporate Welfare

Cutting income taxes a better way to spur growth

Cutting income taxes a better way to spur growth. … more

Corporate Welfare and the Michigan Business Tax

Some subsidies extend another 20 years

Some subsidies extend another 20 years. … more

Beckmann Cites CapCon on Film Incentives

Host, state senator discuss Hollywood corporate welfare

Host, state senator discuss Hollywood corporate welfare. … more

Senate Votes to Continue Film Subsidies

Will House put Michigan residents above Hollywood actors?

Will House put Michigan residents above Hollywood actors? … more

Center Research Cited in Daily Caller

Corporate welfare continues to grow

Corporate welfare continues to grow. … more

MEDC Approves Corporate Welfare for Dealership

LaFaive: Special favors unfair to competitors, taxpayers

LaFaive: Special favors unfair to competitors, taxpayers. … more

Job Announcements Don't Equal Job Creation

Too many candidates propping up corporate welfare

Too many candidates propping up corporate welfare. … more

Select Few Benefit from Film Subsidies

While crumbling roads affect everyone

While crumbling roads impact everyone. … more

Skorup Discusses Hollywood Corporate Welfare

Film subsidy money could be better spent

Film subsidy money could be better spent. … more

Corporate Welfare for 'Millionaire Movie Makers'

WNEM details film subsidy scheme

WNEM details film subsidy scheme. … more

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