Media Coverage:

The Center Square: Ford pauses $3.5B electric vehicle plant despite $1.7B subsidy

Crain’s Detroit Business: The Midwest fell behind in the race for EVs. Now, it’s mounting a comeback.

The Center Square: Taxpayers help pick up the tab for Mississippi’s first Buc-ee’s

The Center Square: Amazon Web Services plans to build two data centers in Louisa County

Reuters: DeSantis chose wrong Disney battle, right war

The Center Square: Economic development grants selected

WNCN-TV (Raleigh, NC): Automaker comes to NC; these 3 big names also chose us

The Center Square: Michigan gives $6M to Bill Gates-backed company

MLIve: Billions given to EV projects better spent on roads, bridges, cutting taxes, critic says

The Black Chronicle: Grant increases, building constructions approved by development department

National Review: Ohio’s Long-Running Corporate-Welfare Farce Takes Another Absurd Turn

Daily Caller: Politicians from both parties are selling “sidewalk socialism.” It needs to end.

The Iowa Torch: Reynolds’ international trade trip draws criticism

WWJ-AM: Tens of thousands of dollars have been spent so that Gov. Whitmer can push European companies to come to Michigan. Is it worth it?

The Center Square: Why is now the time for electric vehicles?

Nevada Independent: Give voters the final say on baseball stadium subsidies

American City Business Journals: Billion-dollar incentive deals are rising, but one new study finds the spending ‘irrelevant’

Detroit Metro Times: Economists warn of Detroit Grand Prix’s financial risks to taxpayers

Reason: States Spend Billions on Economic Development Deals With Little Return

The Tennessee Star: Report: U.S. economic development departments pay big money for few gains

The Comeback: Athletics relocation hits huge roadblock; MLB world reacts

Crain’s Detroit Business: Ford’s $3.5 billion EV battery plant moves forward after Marshall vote

Now Habersham: Kemp announces DNR, Rivian partnership during event at Tallulah Gorge

The Center Square: Developers seek $123M from taxpayers for Grand Rapids project

The Center Square: Strategic fund approves $16.6M to support local projects

The National Herald: Senate Passes Deputy Leader Gianaris’ Ban on Secret Deals

The Center Square: Ford expects $3B loss on electric vehicles in 2023

Crain’s Detroit Business: On right-to-work, and economic development, Michigan must choose top-down or bottom-up

National Review: Losing Amazon’s HQ2 Was a Blessing

Atlanta Business Chronicle: What to know about the progress of Rivian’s Georgia plant

The Washington Post: Amazon says it is pausing construction at HQ2 in Arlington

The Center Square: Michigan starts $34M EV campaign; 25,181 registered statewide

The Center Square: Surprise $750M ask for Ford site prep confounds Michigan lawmakers

The Center Square: Tennessee spent $81M on site development grants since 2016

Big Rapids Pioneer: Big Rapids Township request review of Gotion battery plant, international risks it may attract

Crain’s Detroit Business: Michigan approves $1 billion in incentives for Ford EV battery plant

The Center Square: Michigan OKs $1B subsidy for $3.5B Ford plant

Bridge Michigan: Ford battery plant in Michigan rose from the state’s failure in 2021

Huron Daily Tribune: Big Rapids Township to host special meeting on battery factory

The Center Square: Economic development deals hinge on timing and information, observers say

The Center Square: Virginia dives deeper into the cold, dark world of data center subsidies

Atlanta Business Chronicle: Residents opposed to Rivian’s plant file lawsuits against state, Morgan County

The Center Square: West Virginia House committee approves portion of $290M in battery-plant incentives

Washington Examiner: Economic experts weigh Youngkin’s decision to halt Ford plant

Washington Post: Amazon launches $35 billion data center expansion in Virginia

Atlanta Business Chronicle: Report: Rivian executives depart from company

WDRB-TV (Louisville): Louisville was promised more than a soccer stadium in Butchertown. Where’s the rest?

Daily Yonder: Report: Rural Small Business Owners Feel Uncertain About Future

Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Senate committee endorses narrow reforms for development authorities

Uncover DC: Anti-Rivian Residents Stand Strong as Gov. Kemp Touts GA as Nation’s EV Hub

Morgan County Citizen: Rivian named ‘Worst Economic Development Deal’ of 2022 by national economic watchdog group

The Georgia Virtue: Nonprofit names $1.5B Georgia Rivian EV plant incentive as worst deal of the year

Atlanta Business Chronicle: Rivian’s tax incentives from Georgia named worst economic development deal of the year

Reason: Free Market Think Tank Names Georgia Electric Vehicle Plant the ‘Worst Economic Development Deal of 2022’

The Center Square: Form Energy to build facility in West Virginia steel town

National Review: It’s Time to Call Out America’s Corporate Welfare State

The Center Square: Legislature approval of $85M for QLine trolley elicits negative responses

Autobody News: Michigan’s Latest $526M Tax Incentive Harshly Criticized

WJR-AM: Mackinac on Michigan ~ Midterms Preview Edition

The Problem with Jon Stewart: How To Protect Your Community From Corporate Interests

The Center Square: Tennessee Titans stadium plan to be vetted by stadium committee on Oct. 26

Newport Plain Talk: Nashville announces plans for new Tennessee Titans stadium that will be mostly paid for by taxpayers

Bridge Michigan: Michigan gas prices are up again. Here is why.

Reason: Ohio Pledges Over $150 Million in Taxpayer Money for Honda Factories

Bridge Michigan: Michigan’s future: No flying cars, but plenty of corporate welfare

Bridge Michigan: Michigan lands two more EV battery plants, bringing up to 4,000 jobs

The Center Square: Michigan election software CEO charged with theft of poll-worker data, storing it in China

Atlanta Business Chronicle: State, local economic development officials assessing legal options after Rivian plant ruling

Crain’s Detroit Business: How Michigan aims to protect its $1 billion bet on EV battery plants

Kentucky Today: Do ‘incentives’ subsidize job creation or reelection campaigns?

Automotive News: China EV tech seen as critical, but tax breaks raise questions for Michigan

Atchison Globe: Kelly touts Goodyear Tire plant project that’s getting thousands in tax incentives

The Mountaineer: North Carolina highlighted in report on skyrocketing corporate subsidies

Tennessee Conservative: Large economic incentives like those in Tennessee increasing exponentially

American City Business Journals: Population migration, Goldman Sachs HQ: The National Observer Sept. 13, 2022

American City Business Journals: What shifting migration patterns mean for small businesses

Quad-City Times: Time for tax credit reform

The Center Square: Iowa will spend $16 million of ARPA funds on tourism projects

Illinois News Network: Coalition wants to end some NDAs

Kansas City Star: NDAs bar Kansas lawmakers from speaking about Panasonic factory details for years

Greensboro News & Record: Our Opinion: High-stakes poker at the speed of sound

News & Observer (Raleigh, NC): How NC nearly lost and ultimately beat out Florida for Boom Supersonic

The Center Square: Billionaire’s project gets $100M from Michigan taxpayers

Reason: Crony Capitalism Is Apparently Business-Friendly

Iosco County News-Herald: Analyst: $251M 2023 ‘economic development’ in Michigan’s won’t address taxpayer priorities


The Center Square: Detroit City Council again delays vote on $60M tax break

Crain’s Detroit Business: As new business-expansion fund runs lower, Michigan eyes permanent way to pay for it

The Center Square: Whitmer touts job numbers while analyst criticizes corporate welfare

News Is My Business: The web is specialized in deep dig investigation

Crain’s Detroit Business: Real Estate Insider: Detroit City Council member wants DEGC to ‘educate’ residents on benefits

Site Selection: “It’s Not Like They Need the Money”

The Center Square: Reynolds announces $20M Iowa Downtown Housing Grant program despite uncertainty in real estate market

The Hill: End the secrecy and misinformation in economic development

Fayetteville Observer: NC bets big with taxpayer money to land major projects, but are they good investments?

Fast Company: How companies like Amazon and Facebook fleece communities out of billions

The Center Square: Michigan electric vehicle battery plant receives $189M state subsidy

The Center Square: Analyst: GM, MEDC aim to fool taxpayers with bait and switch

Washington Times: Taxpayers line up to be sacked by the Washington Commanders

Grosse Pointe Times: Grosse Pointe Farms approves Black History Month proclamation

Baseball Prospectus: MLB’s Lockout Makes Stadium Subsidies Even Worse Deals Than Before

Detroit News: Why GM’s $824 million subsidy exemplifies unnecessary spending

Los Angeles Daily News: SoFi Stadium deal sweetens Rams victory

Mac Observer: How Much Does Apple Receive in Subsidies From U.S. States?

The Hill: Frustrated by a corporate handout ‘Groundhog Day’? Blame the American Rescue Plan

Detroit Metro Times: $21 million concert venue planned in Lansing

Michigan Public Radio: General Motors investing $7 billion in Michigan facilities to build electric vehicles

Triangle Business Journal: Workforce development, shovel-ready sites and more: NC commerce secretary on how state can keep its economy strong

Iosco County News-Herald: Whitmer celebrates last month’s addition of 11,000 jobs in Michigan

Cities 92.9-FM: Measure would ban non-disclosure agreements in Illinois economic development deals

WNCN-TV (Raleigh, NC): Was the NC’s deal with Apple ‘a really big win?’ Or the worst of the year?

Washington Examiner: Report: North Carolina-Apple agreement ‘worst economic deal’ of the year

Triangle Business Journal: North Carolina’s $846M package to bring Apple to RTP labeled worst economic development deal of 2021

WRAL-TV (Raleigh, NC): Bad Apple: Report calls deal for new NC campus ‘worst’ of the year – here’s why

24/7 Wall Street: What’s Up With Apple: Spending on Streaming Content, Trouble in Korea, and More

Carolina Journal: N.C.’s Apple deal named worst of 2021

The Center Square: Governor signs $1 billion bipartisan SOAR economic development package

Iosco County News-Herald: Michigan House passes economic development incentive package

The Center Square: Bipartisan bills aims to restore tax incentives for business development

Crain’s Detroit Business: Does downtown need residential pivot?

Nevada Tribune: Nevada offers 16 businesses $46 million in tax abatements

The Center Square: Analyst claims Michigan picking winners and losers in EV race

Washington Examiner: Iowa Economic Development Authority awarded tax break to company that created one job

KOAT-TV (Albuquerque): Ten other USL cities have recently built stadiums

Michigan Star: Gov. Whitmer Calls on Lawmakers to Boost Michigan Economic Development Corporation Funding

The Center Square: Free-market think tank president: ‘simply no evidence’ Iowa grants ‘are anything but useless’

Corp! Magazine: Experts: FCA Expansion Shows How Tax Incentives Can Pay Off

Des Moines Register: Time should be up for Iowa’s slate of terrible tax credits

Bangor Daily News: A different fiscal fix for state, local governments

St. Paul Pioneer-Press: Here’s a better fiscal fix for state and local governments

Crain’s Detroit Business: Michigan lawmakers may give The Mid developers a lifeline on brownfield tax credit

The Center Square: Critics question Gov. Whitmer’s $1.3 million spending on Holland private sector jobs

The Center Square: Michigan Strategic Fund to subsidize Traverse City housing; critics question need

City Journal: Back to Basics

RealClear Policy: Federal COVID Relief Imposes Truce in States’ Corporate Welfare Wars

Detroit News: How economic development is killing Michigan school funding

Newsweek: This Last-Minute Provision Blocks GOP Govs from Using Stimulus Money to Subsidize Tax Cuts

TaxNotes: Federal COVID-19 Relief Law Could Prevent New State Tax Incentives

The Center Square: Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak unveils ‘innovation zone’ legislation that would let tech companies establish their own local governments

WDRB-TV (Louisville): Aluminum company pleads for more time to build Ky. plant

The Hill: How your taxes subsidize the Super Bowl — and how that might change

The Center Square: Group calls on governor, legislature to end Texas Enterprise Fund, cut taxes instead

The Center Square: Whitmer pocket vetoes Meijer tax break, property tax deferment for hard hit businesses; Industry leaders want answers

Crain’s Detroit Business: Foxconn shows tax credits, subsidies are costly error

Liberty for Patriots: Michigan subsidizing private businesses with taxpayer money during budget crunch

The American Conservative: Want To Clean Up Money In Politics? Start With Corporate Welfare

Las Vegas Review-Journal: 2020 is no time for subsidies in Nevada

Providence Journal: Subsidizing a soccer stadium would be a bad bet for Pawtucket

WFMJ-TV (Youngstown, OH): GM Lordstown clawback deal gets mixed reaction

The Center Square: Ohio, General Motors reach deal on failed tax incentives in Lordstown

The Center Square: Two businesses moving to Fort Worth with $2.58 million in tax incentives

KPVI-TV: Texas tax incentive program has limits, supporters, critics

Newsday: A different fiscal fix for state, local governments

The Center Square: Business Facilities ranks Texas first for business, critics argue incentives hurt taxpayers the most

The Hill: Congress could use bailouts to solve the interstate subsidy war

FOX28 (Spokane): Better Cities Project, think tanks propose plan for getting Americans back to work

Kiowa County Press: $5.5 million in tax incentives used to attract new company to Colorado

WDRB-TV (Louisville): Hotel subsidies could add to Louisville’s budget problems

Crain’s Cleveland Business: Subsidy deals like Sherwin-Williams’ won’t grow Cleveland’s economy

The Center Square: Struggling’ Detroit announces opening of new arts and culture office

WDRB-TV (Louisville): Cash-strapped Kentucky spends more on job subsidies than border states

The Detroit News: Detroiters pay too much for economic development deals

The Center Square: Gov. Whitmer’s State of the State: ‘Impatience is a virtue’

The Center Square: Legislators restore $575 mil of Gov. Whitmer’s $947 mil budget vetoes, Pure Michigan program among biggest losers

Buffalo News: Keep emotions out of Buffalo’s soccer stadium debates

The Detroit News: Tax Credits Don’t Change Business Realities

Michigan Advance: One data center tax break bill clears committee, others stall

The Hill: States: Stop subsidizing these 3 dumb things

The Center Square: No-fault auto insurance reforms face legal hurdles

Cleveland Plain Dealer: Public subsidies for sports venues like Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse just aren’t worth it

Marc Cox Morning Show: Is the new soccer team an economically sound move for St. Louis?

St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Emotion defeats common sense in St. Louis’s MLS stadium deal

Des Moines Register: Iowans deserve tax credit transparency

Michigan Advance: Rural SW Michigan project scores $30M tax incentive

Globe Gazette: Mason City’s Gatehouse deal: Lucrative, risky, necessary?

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

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

Michigan Advance: State and Detroit officials approve Fiat Chrysler deals

The Center Square: $150,000 in tax incentive for two Loveland businesses criticized

Fortune: Data Sheet—Amazon’s Cloud Service Goes After Oracle

BisNow: Amazon Inks Massive Operations Center Lease At Nashville Yards

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

The TennesseanNashville didn’t need to make a deal with Amazon

Crain’s Detroit BusinessMoney for roads hidden by corporate tax breaks

Indianapolis StarIndy’s proposed soccer stadium deal unfriendly to taxpayers

Detroit NewsAmazon retreats from NYC subsidies

The Center Square: Colorado Springs City Council set to approve millions in tax incentives to sporting goods retailer

Detroit NewsMichigan can’t afford bipartisan corporate welfare

The Des Moines RegisterIt’s time to total the bill for Iowa’s tax credit spending spree

The Oakland PressDemand honesty on state’s economic development subsidies

Detroit NewsDevelopment incentives don’t benefit communities

Billings Gazette: Economic development programs are failures

Blogs, Podcasts, Reports & More

Daily Signal: 4 Ways Washington’s Spending Spree Caused Inflation With Trillions in Waste, Fraud

Heritage Foundation: The Road to Inflation: How an Unprecedented Federal Spending Spree Created Economic Turmoil

Maine Policy Institute: Gov. Mills’ refurbished corporate welfare program won’t help Maine’s economy

Let People Prosper Podcast: How Corporate Welfare DISRUPTS Economies & PROBLEM With “Sidewalk Socialism”

Mackinac Center for Public Policy: Policy Forum: Can Michigan Buy Its Way to Growth?

Cato Daily Podcast: Big Taxpayer Bucks for Buc‐​ee’s

Southwest Public Policy Institute: SPPI-TV Ep.7: Corporate Welfare – Make it Stop!

Kansas Policy Institute: Kansas’s $1 billion Panasonic handout part of $100 billion in subsidies nationwide

State Policy Network: Week in Review, May 12, 2003

Impact (Mackinac Center for Public Policy): Mackinac Center Addresses Corporate Welfare Deal in Big Rapids

Stop the Marshall Megasite: The Center for Economic Accountability criticizes subsidies for Ford’s BlueOval Battery Park

The Overlook Podcast: McCormick Field | Play Ball!

ITR Live Podcast: Sidewalk Socialism

Cato Daily Podcast: 2022’s Big State Subsidy Binge

National Auto Dealers Association: Georgia’s Rivian Plant Subsidy Recognized as 2022’s “Worst Economic Development Deal of the Year” by the Center for Economic Accountability

Field of Schemes: Billionaires all over get cash for their stadiums and arenas and car plants and movie shoots (I got a rock)

Detroit Regional Chamber: This Week In Government: Senate Moves Child Care Expansion Bills Closer To Governor’s Desk; Bills Extended Tax Abatement For Biz Contested By Both Dems, Reps

Boondoggle Substack: 3 Ways Congress Could End the State Subsidy Wars

Field of Schemes: Plague of minor-league soccer stadium subsidy demands reaches pandemic proportions

Better Cities Project: Sports Stadium Subsidies: Fair or Foul? The Center For Economic Accountability Wants to Advance Economic Opportunity by Promoting Transparency

International Liberty: Stadium Subsidies, Reverse Redistribution, and Cronyism

Field of Schemes: Possible VA locations for $3B Commanders project revealed, Tulsa mulls USL stadium on race massacre site, and more!

Giving Ventures Podcast: Freer Cities (Blog post here.)

Field of Schemes: VA proposes spending a damn billion dollars on Commanders stadium, all other news pales in comparison

State Policy Network: WEEK IN REVIEW: MAY 13, 2022

Rotary Club of Grosse Pointe: Presenter John C. Mozena

Public Seminar: A Year of Wasted Opportunity

The Dish (Keith Law): Stick to Baseball

Detroit Regional Chamber: Oct. 1 | This Week in Government: Gov. Signs Budget; Debate Begins Over Good Jobs for Michigan-Style Incentive

Archbridge Podcast: A Deep Dive on State and Local Development with John Mozena

Daily Detroit Podcast: Why incentives don’t work (and what to do instead) ft. John Mozena

John Locke Foundation: Corporate Welfare Blowout: Gov. Cooper Pledged $1.3 Billion to Just 58 Corporations in 2021

The Political Orphanage: Stadium Subsidies Are Unfathomably Stupid MIRS Monday Podcast Nov.8, 2021

Cato Daily Podcast: The Broad Coalitions That Stop Corporate Welfare

American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) blog: A Great Week at the Great Lakes Tax and Economic Policy Academy

Freedom’s Champion (Atlas Network): Reflections of Two Executives of Nascent Think Tanks

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

Nobody Expects the Dismal Science: Our Crony Capitalism Fighting Friend – Economic Development Incentives Ft John Mozena

Better Cities Project: Economic Development During COVID-19

Atlas Network: Building a Think Tank From the Ground Up

State Policy Network: Growing Iowa’s Fields of Opportunity

Cornell University ILR: Economic Development on Common Ground: Two Bipartisan State Policies for Defunding Low Road Infrastructure

Better Cities Project: Getting Back to Work – Economic Development

Center for the Study of Liberty: Ideas at Work with John Mozena: $70 Billion

American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) blog: Great Success at the Great Lakes Policy Academy

America’s Future Foundation blog: Bad Ideas and Bad Deals in Economic Development Incentives

The Maine Wire (Maine Heritage Policy Center): Portland should put people at the heart of economic development

TEF Iowa blog: Understanding the societal cost of runaway tax credits

Cato Daily Podcast: When Sweetheart Economic Development Deals Fail

Cato Daily Podcast: The Big Numbers Behind Economic Development Freebies

Neoliberal Podcast: Bad Incentives ft. John Mozena (direct link here)

Daily Detroit Podcast: Is Detroit’s Subsidized Comeback Worth It?