Economic Development

Company Turns Down Taxpayer Subsidies

Most jobs are created without state support

Most jobs are created without state support … more

What Would it Mean to Unleash the MEDC?

Lawmakers should keep the state's administrators on a tight leash

Lawmakers should keep the state's administrators on a tight leash … more

A Plea for Skepticism about the MEDC: An Open Letter

Lawmakers should take a closer look at economic development programs

Lawmakers should take a closer look at economic development programs … more

Politicians Subsidize Less Than 1 Percent of Job Creation

Taxpayer dollars wasted subsidizing a tiny fraction of the economy

Taxpayer dollars wasted subsidizing a tiny fraction of the econom … more

Business Subsidy Programs Grow State’s Bureaucracy, Not Its Economy

They’re mostly just in-state cronyism, not big employer “deal closing” incentives

They’re mostly just in-state cronyism, not big employer “deal closing” incentives … more

Michigan Lawmakers Consider More Handouts

If at first you don’t succeed, spend millions of taxpayer dollars

If at first you don’t succeed, spend millions of taxpayer dollars … more

Bonfire of the Bureaucratic Vanities

MEDC should publicize its failures, too

MEDC should publicize its failures, too … more

Token Symbols of Growth Damage the State Economy

Select business interests have higher status with lawmakers than regular taxpayers

Select business interests have higher status with lawmakers than regular taxpayers … more

MEDC Is a Moth to a Failure Flame

Suniva bankruptcy lights up program shortcomings

Suniva bankruptcy lights up program shortcomings … more

Pure Fiction: State Tourism Cost-Benefit Analysis Ignores Costs

The full cost of the Pure Michigan advertising campaign is ignored

The full cost of the Pure Michigan advertising campaign is ignored … more

A Look At The State Budget for Business Subsidies

Old ideas get new taxpayer cash

Old ideas get new taxpayer cash … more

What Michigan Government Lacks in Transparency

Billions in business subsidies still can’t be disclosed

Billions in business subsidies still can’t be disclosed … more

State’s MBDP Job Creation Claims an Inconvenient Fiction

Just because government says its effective doesn’t mean it is

Just because government says its effective doesn’t mean it is … more

Study: Michigan Business Development Program of Questionable Merit

Research shows decline in jobs in counties where subsidized projects are located

Research shows decline in jobs in counties where subsidized projects are located … more

Taxpayers Shouldn’t Subsidize High Income Housing

Millions going to build luxury developments

Millions going to build luxury developments … more

Michigan Was Right to End Film Incentives

New report backs up legislators

New report backs up legislators … more

Why did the Governor Flip Flop on Corporate Welfare?

Corporate handouts remain unfair and ineffective

Corporate handouts remain unfair and ineffective … more

The Business Climate Matters More Than Amazon

Number of jobs created apart from Amazon dwarfs that offered by retailer’s new project

Number of jobs created apart from Amazon dwarfs that offered by retailer’s new project … more

Taxpayers Deserve to Know Details of Business Subsidy Deals

State officials are hiding what should be public information

State officials are hiding what should be public information … more

This Just In … Longwoods Out

Secretive MEDC consultant replaced

Secretive MEDC consultant replaced … more

Post Labor Day Weekend Good Time for Tourism Talk

Lots to discuss with unofficial end of summer season

Lots to discuss with unofficial end of summer season … more

A response to Oxford Economics' Review

Critique of 'An Analysis of State Funded Tourism Promotion' not substantive, helpful

Critique of 'An Analysis of State Funded Tourism Promotion' not substantive, helpful … more

Give Foxconn Nothing

Lansing politicians should not make tools out of taxpayers

Lansing politicians should not make tools out of taxpayers … more

Lansing Politicians Betray Their Stated Ideals

Watch what they do, not what they say

Watch what they do, not what they say … more

Targeted Business Subsidies vs. Broad Tax Relief

State lawmakers think subsidies improve the economy more

State lawmakers think subsidies improve the economy more … more

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

Incentive Programs Fail: Evidence is All Too Clear

Center Scholar Speaks to Tax Group in Florida

Center Scholar Speaks to Tax Group in Florida … 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

Should Construction Workers Pay Taxes to Billionaires?

Under proposed legislation, some of them would

Under proposed legislation, some of them would … 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

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