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MEDC Approves Corporate Welfare for Dealership

LaFaive: Special favors unfair to competitors, taxpayers

… Peters to subsidize the corporate Paul only shifts … more

Job Announcements Don't Equal Job Creation

Too many candidates propping up corporate welfare

Too many candidates propping up corporate welfare.

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Hey, Hey, Ho, Ho, Corporate Welfare's Got to Go

… given that many of the corporate recipients of this … opinion on bailouts and corporate welfare, some may wonder why … hand out corporate welfare loot (often in the … more

Déjà Vu All Over Again For Auditor General Report On Select Subsidy Programs

Despite failures, taxpayer funded corporate welfare continues

… Disaster: Michigan 'Corporate Welfare' Program Rolls On The … Projected Jobs Corporate Subsidy Program Lives … more

Michigan Loses 40K Grads; Corporate Welfare Program Paid $127K Each To Keep 125 of Them

Analyst: 'If the program was really about retaining college graduates or reversing the brain drain, it is clearly a failure'

… nearly 40,000. But the corporate welfare arm of Michigan government … Economic Development Corporation program is helping … of Jobs, Corporate Welfare Program Rolls On A … more

Pressure Mounting For MEDC Transparency

House Democrats call for scrutiny of corporate welfare programs; accountability for tax dollars

… programs, which are corporate welfare, have performed effectively," … opposed expanding various corporate and developer subsidy … Michigan 'Corporate Welfare' Program Rolls On The … more

Michigan's Job Loss Apocalypse Averted!

No thanks to the 'Department of Corporate Welfare.'

… absurdity of state corporate welfare schemes granting tax … Economic Development Corporation granted special … few. Government corporate welfare schemes are not an … more

MichiganVotes: Senate Bill Aims to Bolster Corporate Welfare

… particular developer, corporation or other special … unnecessary." Yet, such corporate welfare serves as the spark … side effects of such corporate handouts. Companies … Michigan 'Corporate Welfare' Program Rolls On The … more

MEDC Programs Consistently Fall Short of Initial Claims

Michigan's 'corporate welfare' arm perpetually exaggerates its numbers

… Disaster: Michigan 'Corporate Welfare' Program Rolls On The … Projected Jobs Corporate Subsidy Program Lives … more

Bill Would Add Paid Members to State's Corporate Welfare Agency

Bill's sponsor says legislation likely to be changed

Michigan's corporate welfare infrastructure could … body of the state's corporate welfare arm, the Michigan Economic … more

State Loses 200,000 Jobs, MEDC Finds 2,185

Why tax cuts are better than corporate welfare

… meaningless this state's corporate welfare regime is for Michigan's … more

Corporate Welfare a Continual Failure

Time for government to focus on the basics

Time for government to focus on the basics.

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Corporate Welfare to Increase $20M

Corporate welfare, business subsidies … more

Bill Grants Big Businesses Power to Raise Taxes in 'Business Improvement Zones'

State Rep: 'Corporate welfare is a bipartisan issue'

… surprise Rep. Irwin. "Corporate welfare is a bipartisan issue," … Bill Aims To Bolster Corporate Welfare Proposed: … more

Mark Schauer's Support for Corporate Welfare

He had lots of help from the GOP along the way

… his huge $1.8 billion corporate tax break." The media … created. This wasn't the only corporate welfare program supported by … voting on corporate welfare bills introduced … more

Corporate Welfare for Hockey Pucks or Burgers?

If the Red Wings get it, why not McDonald's?

… it's not. Ultimately, corporate welfare has no justification, … more

Despite Lack Of Jobs and Repeated Broken Promises, Legislature Proposes Extension Of Corporate Welfare Program

21st Century Jobs Fund has past jobs and audit failures; Senate looks to continue

… results of various state corporate activities over the … Disaster: Michigan 'Corporate Welfare' Program Rolls On The … Projected Jobs Corporate Subsidy Program Lives … more

Lawmakers Poised To Continue Corporate Welfare Fund

Program track record includes inaccurate job creation claims, little transparency

… Century Jobs Fund, a corporate welfare program created under … Disaster: Michigan 'Corporate Welfare' Program Rolls On Despite … more

Mystery Project Almost Got $5.5 Million From Taxpayers

Funding for P20 project tied up with money losing real estate offering, corporate welfare

… subsidies to particular corporations and developers. "Another … Corp., the state's corporate welfare arm. Beginning … more

A Bipartisan Disaster: Michigan 'Corporate Welfare' Program Rolls On

State's attempts at economic development costs plenty, returns little

… Development Corp. is the corporate welfare arm of state government. The … subsidies to select corporations and developers … this state's corporate welfare record. Here s a sampling … more

House Budget Puts Roads Above Film Subsidies

Some Republicans protecting Big Hollywood corporate welfare

… program and strip down some corporate welfare programs to devote … more

Two Democrats Join Republicans at Top of Tea Party Scorecard

Ratings shows bipartisanship on issues like fee increases, corporate welfare

… issues and [select corporate subsidies]." The … focuses on areas like corporate welfare, education choice, … Hamman said. "Corporate welfare like the movie and … more

Why Film Subsidies Must Go

Independent studies show Hollywood corporate welfare a bust

… in a fight against corporations teaming up with … more

From Here to Eternity?

Motion Picture Association of America letter wants permanent corporate welfare for movies

… companies demanding select corporate welfare from state taxpayers. As … more

More Corporate Welfare for Detroit

New Red Wings arena should not be subsidized

New Red Wings arena won't save city.

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Speedway Assistance: Public Safety or Corporate Welfare?

Senate budget appropriates $800K for traffic control at Michigan International Speedway

… 2014 budget. "Corporate welfare comes in many flavors," … it takes, it's still corporate welfare." However, Roger … more

Details Behind Push For 'Mystery Project' Begin To Surface

Legislator says funding for unknown projects not unusual in Michigan

… which is the state's corporate welfare arm. Michael Shore, … development officials portray corporate welfare programs as somehow … more

Media Plays Catch Up to CapCon Again

Finally covering corporate welfare failure 15 months later

… that recipients of corporate welfare have come up short … more

State 'Super' Sizes Movie with Subsidy

Hollywood getting more corporate welfare from your pockets

… taxpayers to subsidize big corporations in the name of … along with all other corporate welfare money improving … doling out the corporate welfare isn't free. That money, … more

Everyone Loves Tax Cuts

If liberals don't believe tax cuts create jobs, why do they support corporate welfare programs?

… while shifting larger corporations to a much less … approve of corporate welfare programs? A lot of … consistently cut taxes for big corporations and made middle … Michigan's corporate welfare arm also administers … more

MEDC Still Using Questionable Benchmarks

'What they are about is trying to find press release opportunities for politicians'

… Disaster: Michigan 'Corporate Welfare' Program Rolls On The … Projected Jobs Corporate Subsidy Program Lives … more

Lawmakers Looking At MEDC Transparency

… Corp. The development corporation is a quasi-governmental … more

MEDC: The Same Old Run Around On Jobs Numbers

… Corp., the state s corporate welfare and promotional arm, … more
Michigan Economic Development Corporation

What Economic Development Transparency Should Look Like

… and other "legacy" corporate welfare programs must provide … authorized for particular corporations and developers, … agreement with particular corporations and developers. … more
Michigan pothole

Trim Corporate Welfare to $0

… again, Michigan s corporate welfare apparatus led by … Strategic Fund, which is a corporate welfare vehicle from the Gov. … more

Trim Corporate Welfare to $0

… year. Once again, Michigan's corporate welfare apparatus led by … Strategic Fund, which is a corporate welfare vehicle from the Gov. … more

Legislators Vote To Continue Special Subsidy Program Without Knowing Whether It Works

State Senate wants to extend $844 million program; bill heads to the House

… Disaster: Michigan 'Corporate Welfare' Program Rolls On The … Projected Jobs Corporate Subsidy Program Lives … more

State Gives Company $1.65 Million, Creates Zero Jobs and Goes Out of Business

Investment fund designed for 'creation of new businesses or industries'

… Disaster: Michigan 'Corporate Welfare' Program Rolls On The … Projected Jobs Corporate Subsidy Program Lives … more

Q A With the MEDC: Verifying Jobs Resulting From Special Government Favors

State Reps call for greater transparency or elimination of program

… Michigan's promotional and corporate welfare arm, recently responded … Disaster: Michigan 'Corporate Welfare' Program Rolls On MEDC: … more

Bill Would Require CEOs Get Drug Tested If Company Gets Loans, Grants Or Tax Credits From State

Bipartisan group of representatives would mandate substance abuse testing for 'corporate welfare' recipients

… executives getting corporate welfare also should be drug … is against testing welfare recipients for drugs, … the state s biggest corporations. The bill … more

Bad Week for Michigan Corporate Welfare Machine

… first batch of state corporate welfare promises in 2009: Governor … they apply for these, corporate petitioners are required … this state's corporate welfare empire undermined … more

Analysis: Schools Health Insurance and Corporate Welfare

… since they oppose corporate welfare and support increasing … more

Political Power, Central Planning 'Stimulus' vs. the People

… politicians, and correctly called "corporate welfare" by most regular people. The … millions of dollars to corporations and developers … regulations, cut corporate welfare, scrap too big to … more

GlobalWatt: How Corporate Welfare Hurts Real People

… news that Michigan corporate welfare winner GlobalWatt … company and Michigan corporate welfare officials of 500 … more

No State Favors For Fastest Growing Companies

… a binge of picking corporate winners and losers … more

Films or Potholes?

Cost of film subsidy program would repair over 5 million potholes

Hollywood corporate welfare could be used to fix roads.

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Prop 3 Would Cost Taxpayers Billions

Mandate means higher costs, more corporate welfare.

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Commentary: A Legislative Agenda for 2014

Get back to the 2011 and 2012 reform agenda.

… increased. -- End corporate welfare handouts . So-called … more

Corporate Welfare for New Red Wings Arena Won't Spur Economic Development

… the $260 million in corporate welfare that will help finance … extending yet more corporate welfare to another billionaire. ##### Christopher … more

Michigan Gets Flying Monkeys for $40 Million

… carry the day against corporate greed and nasty conservatives. Once … more

The 'Pro Big Business' Myth Put to Rest

Center a lone voice against corporate welfare for 25 years.

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Analysis: Follow the Money - No Wonder Corporate Welfare Bosses So Defensive

… Economic Development Corporation, will get an annual … regional arms of the state s corporate welfare bureaucracy earned … more

Michigan Senate Revives Corporate Welfare Scheme Governor Vowed to End

Bill authorizes $50 million from state for another electric car project

… Michigan workers ( A123 Corporation ), the state Senate … the level of state corporate welfare and to stop using the … previous state corporate welfare regime, government … more

Stricter Rules Proposed For Taxpayer Funded Bridge Cards

Bill would end cash withdrawals, make direct payments for some living expenses and add photos of recipients to cards

… that MEDC hands out to corporations as well." The … also: Study: Welfare Benefits Pay $28,872 … Michigan Gambling With Welfare Money: Investigation … more

There Is No Good Reason the MEDC Should Exist

… percent. This state's corporate welfare complex has gone through … one opposed to state corporate welfare programs. I did … more

Mandatory Phone Books and Filmmaker Welfare in the 'Harrison Bergeron' State

… step further and gives corporate welfare to businesses that … companies on one hand and a welfare subsidy for filmmakers … were eligible for this corporate welfare, then the program … more

Corporate Subsidy Program Lives On Despite Lackluster Results

Republicans overwhelmingly support Granholm-era program that has generated a poor return on investment

… failed Granholm-era corporate subsidy program called … but the history of corporate welfare initiatives is littered … more

Good, Bad and Ugly of Gov. Snyder's Budget

… transparency, less corporate welfare and fewer discriminatory … replacing it with a simpler corporate flat tax of 6 percent. … state s current corporate welfare regime, this has a … more

A Uniquely Overqualified Candidate

LaFaive's satirical cover letter for MEDC job

… published work on corporate welfare , I possess a graduate … involved in approving corporate welfare should be required … more

Dems' Plan: Scale Back Select Corporate Tax Credits They Already Voted For

Do the same people who overwhelmingly supported these credits have the political will to go back and cut them?

… substantive bill involving corporate welfare programs,” said Jack … "flagship" among the corporate welfare programs the Democrats’ … more

Michigan’s ‘Hollywood Welfare’ Plan: Stylish Stars Trumping Taxpayers

… their lawmakers for such massive corporate welfare payments … Michigan s 42 percent film welfare program, then consider … profitable multinational corporations for Chesapeake, … of Michigan s film welfare program, though some … more

MichiganVotes.org March 4 Weekly Roll Call Report

… 21st Century Jobs Fund corporate subsidies, passed … more

MichiganVotes.org May 13 Weekly Roll Call Report

… Tax with a 6 percent corporate income tax; eliminate several corporate tax breaks and subsidies; … Bill 4409 , Close welfare time limit loopholes, … person can collect cash welfare benefits. Among other … more

MichiganVotes.org April 15 Weekly Roll Call Report

… business tax break and corporate subsidy agreements … 109 , Restrict welfare bridge card cash … establish a way to stop a welfare recipient s bridge … food stamps and cash welfare payments. Who … more
Michigan's Minimum Wage - Mackinac Center Issues & Ideas

The Machinations Behind Michigan’s Minimum Wage Hike

… support of the state s corporate welfare programs. Privatizing … more
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Harris v. Quinn

… a limited liability corporation that she operates … parents who were in a welfare to work program. Sherry … more
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MICHIGAN CAPITOL CONFIDENTIAL

Summer 2014 Edition

… Does Michigan Loses 40K Grads; Corporate Welfare Program Paid $127K … more

Low-Hanging Fruit Can Help Fund Roads

There's plenty of money in the current budget

… more: Eliminating Michigan's department of corporate welfare (otherwise known as … injury. Speaking of low-hanging corporate welfare spending (agribusiness), … more

Michigan Capitol Confidential honored by Detroit Chapter of Society of Professional Journalists

Four staff members receive awards

… for his stories on corporate welfare , asset forfeiture … more

Batman and Superman vs. Taxpayers

Film subsidy costs taxpayers almost $8 each

… and stands against corporate welfare, every current Democrat … more

Movie Made in Israel Gets Michigan Tax Dollars

… taxpayers will be providing corporate welfare to a production company … more

Wind Subsidies Upon Mandates Upon Subsidies

Ad Infinitum, Ad Absurdum

… exit this green corporate welfare racket and let markets … more

The Perils of Politicians' Promises

… This became one of the corporate welfare initiatives that Gov. … same claim about new corporate welfare initiatives that seemed … more

More Good News for Michigan

State climbs to 12th place in economic outlook rankings

… 36th in just 2004. Our corporate tax ranking alone … including tax, labor and welfare policies. This … more

Politicians Should Stand Up for Taxpayers

Instead of sending their money to Hollywood

… program, which like all corporate welfare programs takes money … more

Commentary: Your Pledge for Detroit

Bailout scheme takes from other needs

… proceeds to create the corporate welfare scheme known as the … more

Why the 'Michigan2020' Plan is a Poor Investment

… apparently come from ending corporate welfare, a reform the Mackinac … more
Michigan Public vs. Private Average Hourly Compensation

The Good, Bad and Ugly of Gov. Snyder’s First Budget

… transparency, less corporate welfare and fewer discriminatory … replacing it with a simpler corporate flat tax of 6 percent. … state s current corporate welfare regime, this has a … more

Michigan 8th Congressional District GOP Primary Getting Feisty

Former Sen. Mike Bishop vs. State Rep. Tom McMillin

… It s a clear case of corporate welfare. Bishop … leader in opposing corporate welfare and government subsidies … more

Dec. 2 MichiganVotes.org Weekly Roll Call Report

… 567 , Create another corporate subsidy program: … unemployment insurance social welfare program: Passed 23 … unemployment insurance social welfare system. This is part … more

MichiganVotes.org May 6 Weekly Roll Call Report

… to provide selective corporate tax breaks and subsidies, … Highlights include: Welfare and Medicaid spending … The House imposes higher welfare recipient work requirements, … more

WingsWorld on Fox Business

… board that oversees corporate welfare expenditures put it … skepticism regarding corporate subsidies. On … more

Three Cheers for Michigan House Democrats

Questioning MEDC transparency is the right thing to do

… Michigan s department of corporate welfare . In 1999, then-state … Economic Development Corporation: A Review and Analysis more

MichiganVotes.org June 17 Weekly Roll Call Report

… Revise film and other corporate subsidy programs, … would be for extra Welfare and Medicaid spending, … "brownfield" and related corporate and developer tax … more

Political Careerists Threaten Freedom, Prosperity

… (bond brokers) Corporate welfare beneficiaries Anti-growth … Shield) Professional welfare advocates including large … monstrously expanded welfare/regulatory/crony-capitalism … more

MichiganVotes.org April 22 Weekly Roll Call Report

… breaks and subsidies to corporations, and cut the amount … by spending less on welfare and prisons. The Senate … Bill 4459 (Grant welfare to government-approved … authorize government welfare-type benefits and … more

A Good Start, Policymakers. Now Time for the Heavy Lifting

… a constellation of corporate welfare-like tax incentives). … creation. Eliminate corporate welfare-like tax gimmicks such … more

Gov. Snyder vs. the Political Careerists

… than continuing to grow a state corporate welfare empire, Gov. Snyder would mostly … school establishment, corporate welfare beneficiaries, local … more

Select Few Benefit from Film Subsidies

While crumbling roads affect everyone

… year , receiving $35 million in corporate welfare courtesy of Michigan … more

John Adams Repents in Heaven

… so is everywhere: corporate welfare subsidies, national … more

'Protect Our Jobs' Could Increase Gov't Secrecy

… the performance of corporate welfare programs to proposals … more

Michigan Legislators vs. Liberty and Human Flourishing

… breaks, subsidies and corporate welfare to particular business … more

Same Old Story on Energy Policy

Politicians show continued folly of central planning

… Michigan s department of corporate welfare, the Michigan Economic … more

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