Des Moines Register Column: Iowans deserve tax credit transparency

Iowa's massive tax credit system costs the state as much every year as all of its state and local government agencies combined spend on mental health and disability services for some of its most vulnerable residents. Is that a good trade-off? Unfortunately, there's no way for Iowa's taxpayers to know for sure, thanks to the … Continue reading Des Moines Register Column: Iowans deserve tax credit transparency

Albany Times-Union column: NY needs new leadership to lure businesses to the state

New York's Empire State Development Corporation is beginning a search for a new CEO, and as the CEA's John Mozena writes in the Albany Times-Union, it's "an opportunity for New York to end its participation in the nationwide economic development race to the bottom." Obviously, simply putting a more forward-looking individual in the CEO's chair … Continue reading Albany Times-Union column: NY needs new leadership to lure businesses to the state

Crain’s Chicago Business column: Economic development deals risk ruining Chicago

In a new column at Crain's Chicago Business, CEA President John Mozena warns Chicagoans that their city's practice of piling fiscal burdens on everyone then exempting a few favored large taxpayers through economic development deals risks throwing the city into a spiral that is all too familiar to other once-great American cities: This spiral happens … Continue reading Crain’s Chicago Business column: Economic development deals risk ruining Chicago

The Guardian: Amazon faces new headache as Nashville deal enrages locals left and right

Economic development policy is an area where free-market advocates like ourselves often share a great deal of common cause with left-wing progressives. We may start with different principles and have a different view of the appropriate roles of businesses and government in a healthy society, but we can all agree that the way big business … Continue reading The Guardian: Amazon faces new headache as Nashville deal enrages locals left and right

Op-ed in The Tennessean: Nashville didn’t need to make a deal with Amazon

With some of the highest economic growth and lowest unemployment in the nation, Nashville's leaders should be focusing on how to manage the economic activity they have rather than throwing $100 million at Amazon to locate a new facility there. In the Tennessean, CEA President John Mozena raised the question of whose interests were truly … Continue reading Op-ed in The Tennessean: Nashville didn’t need to make a deal with Amazon