Economic Development

A Uniquely Overqualified Candidate

LaFaive's satirical cover letter for MEDC job

LaFaive's satirical cover letter for MEDC job. … more

Right-to-Work Should be Judged on Economic Data

Corporate welfare inquiries not a good barometer of success

Corporate welfare inquiries not a good barometer of success. … more

Trim Corporate Welfare to $0

State Loses 200,000 Jobs, MEDC Finds 2,185

Why tax cuts are better than corporate welfare

Why tax cuts are better than corporate welfare. … more

Little Disclosure on Business Subsidies

Deals could eat up half of budget surplus

Deals could eat up half of budget surplus. … more

Don't Extend Granholm's 'Blown Away' Program

Demand accountability instead

Legislators should demand accountability from MEDC. … more

Corporate Welfare a Continual Failure

Time for government to focus on the basics

Time for government to focus on the basics. … more

Film Subsidy Failure Draws Attention

WDIV covers story that Michigan Capitol Confidential broke

WDIV covers story that Michigan Capitol Confidential broke. … more

Three Cheers for Michigan House Democrats

Questioning MEDC transparency is the right thing to do

Questioning MEDC transparency is the right thing to do. … more

Bridge Magazine on MEDC Audit Problems

Center has long questioned corporate welfare entity. … more

The 'Pro Big Business' Myth Put to Rest

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

Media Looks to Center on A123 Bankruptcy

Fox News, MLive cite Skorup on failed subsidy recipient. … more

A123 Files for Bankruptcy

Yet another failure of central planning

Yet another failure of central planning. … more

MEDC's Lack of Transparency Goes National

Fox, Instapundit pick up Center expose of hidden A123 video. … more

The Perils of Politicians' Promises

A radio blast from the past with Congressman Bill Huizenga. … more

Economic Development a Campaign Tool

Subsidies help politicians look like they're "doing something." … more

Occupy to Protest Mackinac Center

Group sends mixed message with its words, actions. … more

Michigan's Job Loss Apocalypse Averted!

No thanks to the 'Department of Corporate Welfare.'

No thanks to the "Department of Corporate Welfare." … more

Corporate Welfare to Increase $20M

Governor's 2013 proposed budget released Thursday. … more

Lehman Cited in Dome Magazine

Profile of Doug Rothwell, former MEDC president. … more

Going in Circles

Subsidies for NASCAR track questioned. … more

Run From the Border(s)

One of MEGA's first "winners" ends up a loser.  … more

MEDC Accountability a Step in the Right Direction

Subsidy recipients should face consequences if claims aren't met. … more

Power Failure

Flint's bus problems persist. … more

Shedding Light on Michigan's Administrative State

Tracking interlocal agreements. … more

MEDC Admits Truth About Jobs Claims

Center analysts have long questioned agency's practice. … more

Good, Bad and Ugly of Gov. Snyder's Budget

Gov. Rick Snyder’s first budget fell short of the “atomic bomb” promised by Lt. Gov. Brian Calley, in part due to the fact that a megaton of further spending and tax cuts were left on the table. Overall, the budget moves the state in a positive direction with greater tax simplicity, more transparency, less corporate welfare and fewer discriminatory tax policies.  … more

Four Cheers for Gov. Snyder

The first three weeks of Gov. Snyder’s administration has provided plenty to cheer, especially on fiscal policy issues. … more

Unity Studios: Whose Unhappy Ending?

It appears likely the starry-eyed promise of Hollywood has left the taxpayers of Allen Park with quite the handful of overpriced real estate. … more

Wishful Reporting of Governor’s Investment Missions

In Gov. Jennifer Granholm's weekly radio address, she ballyhoos her investment missions abroad by claiming that they're responsible for creating or retaining 20,000 Michigan jobs. Unfortunately, she continues to mistake job announcements for job creation. … more

Hangar42 Investor in Court Today

The lead investor in the Hangar42 movie studio deal was in court today for a preliminary exam, according to The Grand Rapids Press… more

Lack of Transparency at MEDC, MEGA

The Washington Examiner and San Jose Mercury News both recently cited Mike LaFaive, director of the Morey Fiscal Policy Initiative, about the need for transparency within government-run economic development programs. … more

Bad Week for Michigan Corporate Welfare Machine

On Thursday the plug was officially pulled on a monumentally hyped film endeavor in Allen Park called "Unity Studios." There were no press releases from the Governor's office or the Michigan Economic Development Corp. announcing the evaporation of the mirage. … more

GlobalWatt's the Deal?

Center Analysts Cited on Job Growth, Road Construction

Skepticism surrounds a recent report from the Michigan Economic Development Corp. that claims its "21st Century Jobs Fund" helped "save or retain" 20,000 jobs in the last five years, according to WOOD-TV8 in Grand Rapids. … more

Pay Attention to Candidates' Stance on Subsidies

When considering which candidates to vote for in November — regardless of the office — be sure to examine their stance on Michigan's growing empire of economic development programs, which selectively hand out subsidies and tax favors to politically favored industries and firms. … more

MEGA Careful?

How much background research does Michigan's corporate welfare bureaucracy actually perform on the potential recipients of its selective tax breaks and subsidies? Due to recent embarrassments the amount may be increasing, but until now the answer appears to be, "Not much at all." … more

Hangar42 in Court

The lead investor in a Grand Rapids-area film studio was in court Tuesday after being charged by the Michigan Attorney General's office with a felony relating to the deal.
As WZZM TV13 in Grand Rapids reports, the Mackinac Center "was the first to question the deal." … more

No Conversation Allowed

Some economic development officials are complaining of “collateral damage” from candidates and others who publicly discuss reining in Michigan’s generous array of targeted business subsidies and incentives. … more

Let He Who Is Without Jobs Sin Cast the First Stone

An article in Saturday's Grand Rapids Press contains one of the most troubling quotes from an economic development official we have ever read. … more

Michigan Taxpayers Writing Check to Second Electric Car Battery Maker for $100 Million

The owners of another Michigan electric car battery plant, A123 Systems, will receive a $100 million cash subsidy from the state for a 75-acre facility the company has leased in Romulus. … more

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