CEA Comments on Proposed Changes to Subsidy Transparency in Texas

Earlier this year, a bipartisan coalition of Texas lawmakers declined to renew the state's controversial Chapter 313 subsidy program, which was costing the state billions of dollars in property taxes that would have otherwise gone to local school districts. Recently, the Texas Comptroller published proposed changes to the way his office would collect information about … Continue reading CEA Comments on Proposed Changes to Subsidy Transparency in Texas

Don’t Let Economic Impact Claims Distort the Progressive Field Stadium Subsidy Debate

By John C. Mozena When it comes to the debate over public subsidies for Progressive Field, it’s understandable for supporters to argue that the cost to taxpayers is justified by factors such as civic pride or the team’s cultural importance to the region. However, Clevelanders should not let team owners and politicians influence that debate … Continue reading Don’t Let Economic Impact Claims Distort the Progressive Field Stadium Subsidy Debate

Play Along with the CEA’s “Brutally Honest” Economic Development Bingo this Economic Development Week

Happy Economic Development Week! The CEA's joining the festivities by celebrating the whole story about economic development agencies' impact on our communities -- whether they like it or not. Join us in playing along with what we're calling the "Brutally Honest Version" of Economic Development Bingo. Follow along on our Twitter account, and learn more … Continue reading Play Along with the CEA’s “Brutally Honest” Economic Development Bingo this Economic Development Week

Column at Free the People: Economic Development Subsidies are “Job Creation” for Central Planners

We're big fans at the CEA of the work done by Matt Kibbe, Terry Kibbe and the rest of the Free the People team to advance the values of "freedom, entrepreneurship, individual responsibility, choice, and peaceful cooperation." We share those values, which made Free the People a great place for CEA President John C. Mozena … Continue reading Column at Free the People: Economic Development Subsidies are “Job Creation” for Central Planners

Incentive-free economic development: In Michigan, that means auto insurance reform.

We're often asked what we would recommend for alternative economic development policies to the traditional ineffective and costly incentive-and-subsidy model. Our answer is that while the specifics will vary from state to state and city to city, there's an important common thread: Make your community a good place to live and do business. That's obviously … Continue reading Incentive-free economic development: In Michigan, that means auto insurance reform.