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

Open Letter to Michigan’s Senate Economic Development Committee on “Good Jobs for Michigan” Tax Incentive Expansion

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

Des Moines Register Column: Iowans deserve tax credit transparency

Iowa's massive tax credit system costs the state as much every year as all of its state and local government agencies combined spend on mental health and disability services for some of its most vulnerable residents. Is that a good trade-off? Unfortunately, there's no way for Iowa's taxpayers to know for sure, thanks to the … Continue reading Des Moines Register Column: Iowans deserve tax credit transparency

Albany Times-Union column: NY needs new leadership to lure businesses to the state

New York's Empire State Development Corporation is beginning a search for a new CEO, and as the CEA's John Mozena writes in the Albany Times-Union, it's "an opportunity for New York to end its participation in the nationwide economic development race to the bottom." Obviously, simply putting a more forward-looking individual in the CEO's chair … Continue reading Albany Times-Union column: NY needs new leadership to lure businesses to the state