In February the state of Michigan gave a select handful of businesses $156.7 million in “refundable” tax credits because of deals made during the administration of former Gov. Jennifer Granholm. The payments were the product of special deals expected to cost $1 billion this year with more in the future. Last year, the Department of Treasury revealed that over 20 years this redistribution will total more than $9 billion.

ForTheRecord says: Who were the fortunate corporate welfare beneficiaries? The public doesn’t know because the organization in charge of distributing these benefits – the Michigan Economic Development Corporation — says it’s confidential and none of our business. The agency refuses to disclose this information despite a state law requiring it to do so (MCL 207.810).

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As part of our efforts on government transparency, we obtained data on the compensation of most public employees in the state. This information has been used to fact check claims about salaries, verify data from other open records requests, and hold government spending accountable.

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