With the news that Amazon was pausing construction of its Arlington, VA HQ2 project, CEA President John Mozena writes in National Review that residents of hundreds of cities across America should be glad that Amazon hadn't gone with any of the ludicrously large proposals that were submitted by local politicians and bureaucrats who seized the … Continue reading Column in National Review: Losing Amazon’s HQ2 Was a Blessing
CEA President to Michigan Strategic Fund Board: “Please, just stop.”
On February 13, the Michigan Strategic Fund board voted to approve a $210 million grant and other incentives to Ford Motor Company, as part of a reported $1 billion in subsidies for a battery plant in Marshall, Mich. The only public comment at the meeting came from Center for Economic Accountability President John C. Mozena, … Continue reading CEA President to Michigan Strategic Fund Board: “Please, just stop.”
CEA statement on subsidized Ford/CATL battery plant project in Marshall, Mich.
Statement by John C. Mozena, president of the Center for Economic Accountability, on the reported $1 billion-plus public subsidy for a Ford/CATL battery plant in Marshall, Mich. Either the Marshall site is the best place for Ford’s proposed EV battery plant with CATL, or it isn’t. If it is, then Michigan’s taxpayers are getting screwed. … Continue reading CEA statement on subsidized Ford/CATL battery plant project in Marshall, Mich.
Georgia’s Rivian Plant Subsidy Recognized as 2022’s “Worst Economic Development Deal of the Year” by the Center for Economic Accountability
Insufficient due diligence, speculative returns, lack of concern for local impacts and convoluted structure set project apart in a historic year for corporate welfare megadeals. December 27, 2022 – Georgia’s $1.5 billion subsidy of a Rivian electric vehicle assembly plant has been selected as the “Worst Economic Development Deal of the Year” for 2022 by … Continue reading Georgia’s Rivian Plant Subsidy Recognized as 2022’s “Worst Economic Development Deal of the Year” by the Center for Economic Accountability
Column in National Review: It’s Time to Call Out America’s Corporate Welfare State
In National Review's Capital Matters, CEA President John C. Mozena laid out the case against the prevailing subsidy-first model of economic development in America's state and municipal governments: Many complain that these sorts of subsidy programs are the government “picking winners and losers.” If only that were true. In reality, economic development agencies pick both … Continue reading Column in National Review: It’s Time to Call Out America’s Corporate Welfare State