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

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 Hill: Congress could use bailouts to solve the interstate subsidy war

As Congress reconvenes to discuss another potential round of COVID-19 relief, CEA President John C. Mozena and Mercatus Center Research Fellow Michael D. Farren are in The Hill, discussing their proposal that the federal government require states to end their targeted economic development subsidy programs as a condition of receiving any federal budget bailouts: Congress … Continue reading Op-Ed in The Hill: Congress could use bailouts to solve the interstate subsidy war

Mercatus/CEA Paper: Federal Pandemic Relief Could End the Interstate Economic Development Arms Race

In a working paper published by the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, Mercatus Research Fellow Michael Farren and Center for Economic Accountability President John Mozena propose that states be required to end targeted economic development subsidy programs as a condition of receiving any federal COVID-19 "bailout" of state finances. Farren and Mozena note that … Continue reading Mercatus/CEA Paper: Federal Pandemic Relief Could End the Interstate Economic Development Arms Race

Column in The Hill – States: Stop subsidizing these 3 dumb things

There are a lot of things states do in the name of "economic development that don't make much sense. But out of all the bad deals out there, there's three popular kinds of subsidized project that are especially bad for the communities that make them: Stadiums, data centers and distribution centers. In The Hill, CEA … Continue reading Column in The Hill – States: Stop subsidizing these 3 dumb things