Column at RealClear Policy: Federal COVID Relief Imposes Truce in States’ Corporate Welfare Wars

In RealClear Policy, CEA President John C. Mozena and Mercatus Center Research Fellow Michael D. Farren explain how federal COVID relief for state budgets may end up creating a critical opportunity for economic development policy reform. A decade ago, then-Vice President Biden was caught on a live microphone describing the Affordable Care Act’s passage as … Continue reading Column at RealClear Policy: Federal COVID Relief Imposes Truce in States’ Corporate Welfare Wars

Column at Free the People: Economic Development Subsidies are “Job Creation” for Central Planners

We're big fans at the CEA of the work done by Matt Kibbe, Terry Kibbe and the rest of the Free the People team to advance the values of "freedom, entrepreneurship, individual responsibility, choice, and peaceful cooperation." We share those values, which made Free the People a great place for CEA President John C. Mozena … Continue reading Column at Free the People: Economic Development Subsidies are “Job Creation” for Central Planners

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