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
Michigan's governor has proposed the nation's largest gas tax to pay for repairing the state's decrepit roads. In this week's Crain's Detroit Business, CEA President John Mozena offers an alternative: The fairest, least disruptive and most effective way to unlock more funding for our roads would simply be to unwind Michigan's massive — and massively … Continue reading Op-ed in Crain’s Detroit Business: Money for roads hidden by corporate tax breaks
Indianapolis is proposing what its mayor calls a "taxpayer friendly" deal to help fund a stadium for a soccer team. But as CEA President John C. Mozena explains in an op-ed in the Indianapolis Star, "Even if no new taxes are immediately proposed to fund the deal, these kinds of deals impose very real costs … Continue reading Indianapolis Star op-ed: Proposed soccer stadium deal unfriendly to taxpayers
CEA President John C. Mozena writes in the Detroit News: "Companies don’t walk away from billions of dollars in free money very often. Amazon’s willingness to do so by giving up on its proposed “HQ2” facility in New York City is the best example to date of how quickly these deals fall apart when the … Continue reading Detroit News op-ed: Amazon retreats from NYC subsidies
CEA President John C. Mozena was the guest on the Cato Daily Podcast for February 20. He discussed Amazon, Foxconn and how and why development deals don't work. Listen here, or subscribe to the Cato Daily Podcast on iTunes or Google Play.