Economic Development

The Allure of Corporate Welfare

Both parties seem to agree that handing out select subsidies and tax breaks is good politics

Both parties seem to agree that handing out select tax breaks is good politics … more

New Corporate Welfare Proposal is Unfair

'Good Jobs for Michigan' a repeat of failed MEGA program

'Good Jobs for Michigan' a repeat of failed MEGA program … more

George Orwell and Humpty Dumpty Economic Policy

Michigan must remember warnings to not corrupt the English language to give businesses 'free' money

Michigan must remember warnings to not corrupt the English language to give businesses 'free' money … more

Skorup Speaks on ‘Good Jobs’ Proposal Before Michigan House Committee

Republicans contemplate returning to bad economic policy

These bills provide more opportunities for some by taking from the many. … more

Why Government Fails at Economic Development

Politicians and bureaucrats repeatedly fail at picking the winners … more

Mackinac Center Praises Lawmakers Trying To Hold Pure Michigan Program Accountable

One Democratic lawmaker tried to defund multi-million dollar program; others calling for investigation into unsubstantiated ROI claims

One Democratic lawmaker tried to defund multi-million dollar program; others calling for investigation into unsubstantiated ROI claims … more

Proposed Corporate Giveaway Unlikely to Grow Economy

Lawmakers should consider the full costs of corporate welfare before they approve it

Lawmakers should consider the full costs of corporate welfare before they approve it … more

Secretive Bidder Wins Pure Michigan Contract Over Transparent One

Auditor General, not MEDC, should hire reviews of corporate welfare programs

Auditor General, not MEDC, should hire reviews of corporate welfare programs … more

The Failing Business of Business Favors

What would you say you do around here?

What would you say you do around here? … more

Michigan Already Awash in Business Subsidies

Lawmakers should reject latest proposal for more

Lawmakers should reject latest proposal for more … more

One State May Do Away With Taxpayer-Funded Tourism Promotion

Why ending Florida’s 'Pure Michigan' counterpart would benefit residents and visitors

Why ending Florida’s “Pure Michigan” counterpart would benefit residents and visitors … more

New Subsidies More about Political Development than Economic Development

Economic conditions matter more than giving targeted taxpayer dollars to developers

Economic conditions matter more than giving targeted taxpayer dollars to developers … more

People First or Well Connected Developers?

We should provide tax relief for all instead of favors to a select few

We should provide tax relief for all instead of favors to a select few … more

Real Economy Creates 81 Jobs For Every 1 Promised by Business Subsidy Program

And don't look too hard at the record of those promises

Broad improvements to the business climate help more than special subsidies … more

Tourism Promotion Study Criticism Absurd, Ironic

MEDC criticism falls flat; still hiding behind secretive study … more

Plenty of Good Reasons to Oppose Business Subsidies

Giving taxpayer dollars to developers is ineffective

Giving taxpayer dollars to developers is ineffective … more

Profiles in Courage in Defense of Taxpayers

Cotter and Chatfield hold the line on cronyism

Cotter and Chatfield hold the line on cronyism … more

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

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