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

By mid-July, the corn in Iowa was getting hip-high. So, unfortunately, was the state's flood of corporate tax credits. In a column that originally ran in the Des Moines Journal and has since been reprinted in newspapers across the state, CEA President John C. Mozena and TEF-Iowa Policy Director John Hendrickson helped Iowans understand what … Continue reading Des Moines Register column: Time should be up for Iowa’s slate of terrible tax credits

CEA Comments on Federal COVID Relief Rules

One of the more controversial provisions of the massive federal COVID relief American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) is the prohibition against states offsetting tax cuts with federal bailout dollars. Many viewed these provisions as violations of basic principles of federalism, and the issue is being worked out in the courts. In general, the CEA is … Continue reading CEA Comments on Federal COVID Relief Rules

Article in City Journal: Back to Basics for NYC

New York City's economic development model was already out of date even before the pandemic accelerated the broad move away from the workforce model of big offices in big buildings filled with lots of well-paid people working at expensive desks. That hadn't been keeping the city's leaders from doubling down on expensive subsidies, though, writes … Continue reading Article in City Journal: Back to Basics for NYC

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

In RealClear Policy, CEA President John C. Mozena and Mercatus Center Research Fellow Michael D. Farren explain how federal COVID relief for state budgets may end up creating a critical opportunity for economic development policy reform. A decade ago, then-Vice President Biden was caught on a live microphone describing the Affordable Care Act’s passage as … Continue reading Column at RealClear Policy: Federal COVID Relief Imposes Truce in States’ Corporate Welfare Wars