Economic Development

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

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

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

Center Scholar's Commentary at MLive.com

New Red Wings arena should not get corporate welfare

New Red Wings arena should not get corporate welfare. … more

Lopez on Fox Business

Corporate welfare for movies unfair to taxpayers

Corporate welfare for movies unfair to taxpayers. … more

Politicians Should Stand Up for Taxpayers

Instead of sending their money to Hollywood

Instead of sending their money to Hollywood. … more

Ag Still Not Michigan's 2nd Largest Industry

And why that myth is so damaging

And why that myth is so damaging. … more

Corporate Welfare Schemes Need Transparency

Mackinac Center commentary in Detroit Free Press

Mackinac Center commentary in Detroit Free Press. … more

Mark Schauer's Support for Corporate Welfare

He had lots of help from the GOP along the way

He had lots of help from the GOP along the way. … more

MDOT Subsidy Numbers Off Track

Amtrak passengers should pay their full share

Amtrak passengers should pay their full share. … more

Corporate Welfare Scheme Back With New Name

'Aerotropolis' now 'VantagePort'

'Aerotropolis' now 'VantagePort.' … more

Batman and Superman vs. Taxpayers

Film subsidy costs taxpayers almost $8 each

Film subsidy costs taxpayers almost $8 each. … more

State 'Super' Sizes Movie with Subsidy

Hollywood getting more corporate welfare from your pockets

Hollywood getting more corporate welfare from your pockets. … more

Corporate Welfare Won't Save Detroit

Red Wings should build their own arena. … more

Corporate Welfare Awarded for Superhero Movie

Big Hollywood getting $35 million of your money

Big Hollywood getting $35 million of your money. … more

WingsWorld on Fox Business

LaFaive on Fox's "Money" discussing Detroit … more

More Corporate Welfare for Detroit

New Red Wings arena should not be subsidized

New Red Wings arena won't save city. … more

Corporate Welfare a Continual Failure

Time for government to focus on the basics

Time for government to focus on the basics. … more

Films or Potholes?

Cost of film subsidy program would repair over 5 million potholes

Hollywood corporate welfare could be used to fix roads. … more

Stop Giving Tax Dollars to Hollywood

Corporate welfare for movies is "economically foolish." … more

Why Film Subsidies Must Go

Independent studies show Hollywood corporate welfare a bust

Independent studies show Hollywood corporate welfare a bust. … more

House Budget Puts Roads Above Film Subsidies

Some Republicans protecting Big Hollywood corporate welfare

But some Republicans want to protect corporate welfare. … more

Paul Williams RIP

Rock journalist made it on is own, with no subsidies. … more

Higher Scrutiny of Government 'Investments'

Mascoma pulls IPO, questionable subsidies remain. … more

Center Analyst Discusses Film Subsidies

Jarrett Skorup on FOX2 Detroit Sunday. … more

'Transformers 4' Taking $20M from Taxpayers

Last "Transformers" movie made $1.1 billion. … more

A Look Behind the Curtain

Center analysis exposes fallacies of Oz subsidies. … more

Media Ignores Costs In Film Coverage

Lawmakers exchange bad policy for Hollywood glitz

Lawmakers exchange bad policy for Hollywood glitz. … more

Michigan Gets Flying Monkeys for $40 Million

"Oz" defends its own corporate welfare while slamming others. … more

Michigan Taxpayers Already Paid for 'Oz'

Film costs state taxpayers almost $9 each

Disney gets $40 million subsidy; has $4.8 billion profit. … more

Time to 'Sequester' Arts Subsidies

Let people keep their own money, choose their own art. … more

Long Live Rock: Technology Throws a Lifeline

The market, not subsidies, helps music evolve. … more

Government Funding of 'Scientific' Research

Lots of benefits for politicians, little for taxpayers. … more

On Breughel and Brussels Sprouts

Why public funding for the arts, or food, is still a bad idea. … more

Road Funding or Film Subsidies?

GOP legislators have hard time prioritizing. … more

Subsidized Housing for Government Workers

Land bank deals should be extended to all buyers. … more

The Common Ploy for More Funding

Universities want even more tax dollars. … more

Ethanol Subsidies Costly, Damaging

Walker commentary in Lansing State Journal Sunday. … more

Terrible Track Record

Government's 'green' venture capitalism experiment a failure.

Government's "green" venture caplitalism experiment a failure. … more

Skorup Cited in Wall Street Journal

Taxpayers shouldn't fund sports stadiums

Taxpayers shouldn't fund sports stadiums. … more

Taxpayer-Funded Stadiums a Lose-Lose Proposition

If Ilitch wants new home for Red Wings, he should pay for it. … more

LaFaive: Put Subsidies for Detroit Red Wings on Ice

Taxpayers should not be forced to support stadiums, arenas. … more

The 'Pro Big Business' Myth Put to Rest

Center a lone voice against corporate welfare for 25 years. … more

Prop 3 Can't Change the Laws of Economics

No matter how badly supporters want to think it can

No matter how badly supporters want to think it can. … more

Legislators Propose More Corporate Welfare

Picking winners and losers; mostly losers.  … more

Prop 3 Would Cost Taxpayers Billions

Mandate means higher costs, more corporate welfare. … more

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