May 9-13 is "Economic Development Week," and the Center for Economic Accountability is bringing some much-needed context to the discussion. All week long, we're telling the stories of real-world "Economic Development Disasters" that can teach us lessons about what happens when economic development programs go wrong. Follow along on Twitter or learn more on our … Continue reading CEA Celebrates Economic Development Week with “Economic Development Disasters”
The CEA's John Mozena and David Guenthner of the Mackinac Center for Public Policy shone a light on the pervasive misinformation and secrecy in economic development programs in a recent column in The Hill: It’s hard to find another area of public policy where the broad public understanding of an issue is so at odds … Continue reading Op-ed in The Hill: End the secrecy and misinformation in economic development
The Center for Economic Accountability and organizations from across the ideological spectrum have come together in a coalition to launch the "Ban Secret Deals" campaign in opposition to nondisclosure agreements (NDAs) in state and local economic development subsidy deals. The coalition is calling for state-level bans on the use of NDAs by elected officials and … Continue reading CEA Co-Founds “Ban Secret Deals” Coalition to End Use of NDAs in Subsidy Deals
In the Washington Times, CEA President John Mozena and Mercatus Center Senior Research Fellow Michael D. Farren blitzed Virginia's plans to massively subsidize a new NFL stadium at taxpayers' expense: Every business would love to have the government give back the taxes it pays — along with those paid by its employees and customers —to … Continue reading Washington Times op-ed: Taxpayers line up to be sacked by the Washington Commanders
Across America, states are taking federal dollars meant to support the recovery from the COVID pandemic and using them instead to fund massive economic development subsidy deals. In a column in The Hill today, CEA President John C. Mozena and Mercatus Center Senior Research Fellow Michael D. Farren had a simple message: "We hate to … Continue reading Op-ed in The Hill: Frustrated by a corporate handout ‘Groundhog Day’? Blame the American Rescue Plan.