Economic Development

S2013-05

Economic Growth and Right-to-Work Laws

This study aims to measure the impact of right-to-work laws on states’ economic performance. It uses average annual growth rates in employment, real (inflation-adjusted) personal income and population to measure the economic well-being of right-to-work states. On the whole, the results of this analysis show that right-to-work laws have a statistically significant and economically meaningful positive impact, although the results vary. … more

LaFaive Cited in Macomb Daily

Repetitive language in press releases is tiresome. … more

Lansing Pols Recycle Press Releases

Tiresome and demeaning to taxpayers

Tiresome and demeaning to taxpayers. … more

'The Freeman' Interviews Rod Lockwood

Mackinac Center board member discusses Belle Isle

Mackinac Center board member discusses Belle Isle. … more

New Strategies Needed for Dealing With Blight

Turning over more property to land banks not the answer. … more

Pontiac Phoenix Center in Ashes

Stop the Presses! All of Michigan's Problems Solved

Bill would make Iosco County "birding capitol" of Michigan. … more
5076 Montauk

Is 5076 Montauk Blighted?

Questions arise over how county land banks operate. … more

GQ Hit Piece on GR ArtPrize

"Like fairgoers sampling sideshows at a carnival." … more

Land Bank Powers Abused, Costly to Taxpayers

Government shouldn't act as land speculators. … more

Kent County Taxpayers Question Land Bank

Group alleges "crony government gone wild" in tax lien sale. … more

Lansing Builds a 'Scaffolding for Plunder'

GOP Representative supports

House Bill 5667 has several flaws … more

Crime Hinders Economic Development

Michael LaFaive in The Saginaw News. … more

The Green Jobs Myth

Paying more to get the same thing does not improve the well-being of families, businesses, the economy or the nation. … more

Taxes and the Life and Death of Great American Cities

Low-tax metropolitan areas experience much greater growth than high-tax ones. … more

State Regulations Suffocate Hospitality Industry

Rep. Doug Geiss (D-Taylor) wants to ease some of the regulatory burdens on Michigan’s hospitality industry. … more

Another MEGA Loser

In the latest government economic development failure in Michigan, Evergreen Solar files for bankruptcy. … more

Good News From Marathon

Extra refinery capacity in Detroit will not only bring jobs and revenue, but also protect against gas price spikes and allow utilization of oil sands. … more

Strange Brew

Legislators to craft brewers: You don't count, but here's a cookie. … more

Some Good GDP News for Michigan

Michigan’s 2009-2010 state GDP growth rate was 2.9 percent, its best since 2002. … more

Lansing Township Action Puts Taxpayers at Risk

Government shouldn't be in the real estate business. … more

Michigan Tax Reform Signed

Changes will make Michigan more competetive

The Michigan Business Tax will soon be no more. … more

Stage Doors and Broken Windows

Brownfield Credits Are No Level Playing Field

There is nothing “fair” about unelected boards deciding which companies pay higher taxes and which companies pay less. … more

Who Benefits From Lower Business Taxes?

Just as individuals respond to changes in their personal financial situations, businesses, too, are affected. And taxing business will surely give us less of it. … more

'Book Him!': Michigan Film Subsidy Scandal Leads to More Charges

A scandal first exposed by the Mackinac Center last June has led to a second set of felony fraud charges. … more

Gov. Granholm Leaves Michigan to Find Work

Today is the 5th anniversary of Gov. Jennifer Granholm’s promise that Michigan residents would be “blown away” by the gobs of jobs her latest economic development program would create. How ironic then that she of all people would flee the state to find work… more

Business Owners Favor MBT Surcharge Repeal

Business owners are cheering a proposal in Lansing to repeal and reform the Michigan Business Tax and the 22 percent surcharge that comes with it, according to WJRT-TV12 in Flint. … more

MBT Surcharge Repeal Could Create 27,900 New Jobs Through 2016

It’s probably no coincidence that the first bill (HB 4001) introduced in Michigan’s new Legislature is to repeal the 21.99 percent surcharge slapped onto the Michigan Business Tax in 2007. The surcharge is despised by the business community, and is seen as a job killer by policy analysts and politicians alike.  … more

Michigan Fiscal Policy a Two-Sided Coin

Michigan residents have a reasonable expectation that elected officials can do more than one thing at time. It is time for our leaders to meet those expectations.  … more

Saginaw Fails to Repeal Prevailing Wage

Saginaw County officials have quietly buried a previously scheduled vote to repeal its “prevailing wage” ordinance for construction projects costing more than $50,000. Prevailing wage laws prohibit granting a government contract to the lowest bidder unless the company pays above-market, “union-scale” wages. … more

The Rose-Colored Glasses of Political Dusk

Despite political spin, Michiganders shouldn't be convinced that the economy right in front of their faces is a sign of progress. … more

Projections vs. Reality

Climate Negotiations Carry a Chilling Message

Recent climate conferences in Stockholm and Cancun have revealed what the global climate change issue is really all about — the transfer of wealth from developed nations to developing countries. … more

Big Labor Vs. Lansing Entrepreneur

Tear Down This 'Film Industry' Facade

Ending the handouts would send a signal that this state is done playing games with ephemeral and failed "economic development" programs, and instead will focus on a real economic growth agenda, including across-the-board tax relief, labor law changes and other regulatory reforms. … more

Michigan’s Economy: From Worst to Average

There's no question that Michigan's economy has performed poorly over the past decade. Essentially, the state lost one out of every five jobs since employment peaked in 2000. However, Michigan's economic trends have changed in recent months. It is no longer the worst performer in the country. In fact, since the end of the U.S. recession, Michigan's performance is average. … more

Bailout Wal-Mart?

Governor Describes Film Subsidies as Jobs Program, so "Why Not Give Them Spoons?"

The headline of a story today's Detroit Free Press characterizes Gov. Jennifer Granholm's understanding of the state film production subsidies' role like this: "Goal of film tax credit is jobs, not more revenue." This reminds one of the late economist Milton Friedman's question upon seeing a U.S. taxpayer-funded public works project in a poor country where thousands of men with shovels were moving dirt one spadeful at a time. … more

Government Subsidy Deal Off for Competitor to Lansing Restaurant Owners

Existing, home-grown restaurant owners in the area — who pay their taxes in full and get no special privileges from the government — are no doubt relieved that they won't have to compete with a politically favored and subsidized outsider. … more

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