Economic Development

LaFaive Cited in Bloomberg Businessweek

Corporate welfare stretches back decades. … more

Citizens, Investors and Legislative Circus Poodles

We all pay a price when government treats investors, entrepreneurs and households as circus poodles made to jump through hoops in order to collect selective tax-break or subsidy "biscuits" handed out at the whim and discretion of bureaucrats and legislators. … more

Blown Away by Former Detroit Mayor James Cavanagh's Ghost

As Detroit and the rest of Michigan look forward to 2010 and beyond, it might be wise to look back at what economics lessons the experience of the past half-century may provide to guide our future choices. … more

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”

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