Op-ed in The Hill: Frustrated by a corporate handout ‘Groundhog Day’? Blame the American Rescue Plan.

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.

North Carolina’s Massive Apple Subsidy Recognized as “Worst Economic Development Deal of the Year” for 2021 by the Center for Economic Accountability

December 29, 2021 – North Carolina’s 39-year, $846+ million subsidy to Apple for a new corporate campus in the Research Triangle Park has been selected as the “Worst Economic Development Deal of the Year” for 2021 by the Center for Economic Accountability. This award recognizes a state or municipal government subsidy of a private company … Continue reading North Carolina’s Massive Apple Subsidy Recognized as “Worst Economic Development Deal of the Year” for 2021 by the Center for Economic Accountability

The Political Orphanage Podcast: Stadium Subsidies Are Unfathomably Stupid

Despite what the title says, CEA President John Mozena and host Andrew Heaton talked about much more than just stadium subsidies in this episode of The Political Orphanage, a popular podcast for the politically disenfranchised that bills itself as "politics minus bile plus jokes." In a wide-ranging discussion, Heaton and Mozena walked through why people … Continue reading The Political Orphanage Podcast: Stadium Subsidies Are Unfathomably Stupid

Cato Daily Podcast: The Broad Coalitions That Stop Corporate Welfare

On Friday's Cato Daily Podcast, CEA President John Mozena discussed how coalitions are coming together from across the ideological spectrum to take on state-level economic development subsidy programs...and win. Mozena pointed out that potential allies for corporate welfare reform aren't always ideological allies. Sometimes, opposition to these programs can come from self-interested "pocketbook" constituencies, such … Continue reading Cato Daily Podcast: The Broad Coalitions That Stop Corporate Welfare

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