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

During a time period when Detroit's homeowners were paying $600 million in property taxes that the city later admitted were assessed in error, a developer received approval for $615 million in tax breaks and other incentives for just two projects in the city. In another project, the city spent more money to buy a few … Continue reading Detroit News column: Detroiters pay too much for economic development deals

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

While Buffalo's soccer fans might be passionate for the sport and excited about the potential for a new professional team in the city, they should be careful not to let that passion be used by business and political leaders to justify public subsidies for a stadium that would be a bad deal for the community. … Continue reading Buffalo News column: Keep emotions out of Buffalo’s soccer stadium debates

Detroit News Letter to the Editor: Tax credits don’t change business realities

After the Detroit News ran a column promoting business tax credits in Michigan, the CEA's John Mozena responded a letter to the editor pointing out the fundamental flaw in the original column's argument: Howes writes that "incentives are built on a crucial assumption: that new jobs create new tax revenue." However, that's not the truly … Continue reading Detroit News Letter to the Editor: Tax credits don’t change business realities

Open Letter to Michigan’s Senate Economic Development Committee on “Good Jobs for Michigan” Tax Incentive Expansion

Michigan - where the CEA is headquartered - is considering renewing and expanding a tax credit program known as "Good Jobs for Michigan" that by some estimates is costing taxpayers $40,000 per job. CEA President John C. Mozena attended the Michigan State Senate Economic and Small Business Development Committee hearing at which testimony was being … Continue reading Open Letter to Michigan’s Senate Economic Development Committee on “Good Jobs for Michigan” Tax Incentive Expansion

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.