Economic Development

So Long Film Subsidies

Other 'economic development' programs should be next

Other economic development programs should be next … 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

MEDC vs. Road Spending Poll Featured in Daily Caller

Two-thirds of voters support turning subsidy money over to roads

Two-thirds of voters support turning subsidy money over to roads … 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

LaFaive Tourism OpEd Published in the Times Herald

Pushing back on accusations from Michigan's tourism lobby

Pushing back on accusations from Michigan's tourism lobby … more

House Republicans Should be Applauded for Trying to Cut ‘21st Century Jobs Fund’

The program has been a repeated failure

The 21st Century Jobs fund has repeatedly failed in its objectives, and any efforts to cut it would be positive. … 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

Pure Michigan Scare Tactics

MEDC deploys 'Washington Monument syndrome'

MEDC deploys 'Washington Monument syndrome' … more

A History of Corporate Welfare Failure: Mackinac Center Testimony in the Michigan House

"The truth is these are mostly political development programs, not economic development programs." … more

Michigan Adds, Loses Thousands of Jobs

More proof corporate welfare doesn't work

More proof corporate welfare doesn't work. … more

The End of Hollywood Corporate Welfare?

Legislators look to fix budget overspending

Legislators look to fix budget overspending. … more

Department Reorganization is New Wine in Old Skin

Corporate welfare doesn’t work, reorganizing won't fix it

Corporate welfare doesn’t work, reorganizing won't fix it … more

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

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