Article in City Journal: Back to Basics for NYC

New York City's economic development model was already out of date even before the pandemic accelerated the broad move away from the workforce model of big offices in big buildings filled with lots of well-paid people working at expensive desks. That hadn't been keeping the city's leaders from doubling down on expensive subsidies, though, writes … Continue reading Article in City Journal: Back to Basics for NYC

Detroit News op-ed with Good Jobs First: How economic development is killing Michigan school funding

Our friends at Good Jobs First have been fighting corporate welfare from the leftward side of America's political spectrum for many years, specializing in doing the hard and necessary work of data collection and analysis. Their Tax Break Tracker is an invaluable tool for anyone involved in economic development policy reform. Recently, CEA President John … Continue reading Detroit News op-ed with Good Jobs First: How economic development is killing Michigan school funding

The American Conservative column: Want To Clean Up Money In Politics? Start With Corporate Welfare

In The American Conservative, CEA President John C. Mozena warns that the real "dark money" in politics is hiding right in front of us, in the form of politically motivated economic development subsidies that dwarf anything spent by campaigns, PACs or parties: Right now, state and local politicians running for reelection across America are living … Continue reading The American Conservative column: Want To Clean Up Money In Politics? Start With Corporate Welfare

Op-ed in the Las Vegas Review-Journal: 2020 is no time for subsidies in Nevada

Nevada's economy has been hammered by the COVID-19 pandemic, which virtually eliminated tourism and gaming revenues. Despite the fiscal crisis faced by the state, its elected officials recently announced a $25 million subsidy for a Google data center. The CEA's John Mozena challenged this decision in the Las Vegas Review-Journal: It doesn’t make sense for … Continue reading Op-ed in the Las Vegas Review-Journal: 2020 is no time for subsidies in Nevada

Op-ed in the Providence Journal: Subsidizing a soccer stadium would be a bad bet for Pawtucket

The "economic impact" math just doesn't add up to justify subsidies for a proposed minor-league soccer stadium in Pawtucket, R.I. As CEA President John Mozena points out in the Providence Journal, stadiums just don't bring in enough people to make a big difference in local economies: Even in the best-case scenario where every one of … Continue reading Op-ed in the Providence Journal: Subsidizing a soccer stadium would be a bad bet for Pawtucket