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
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
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
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
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.