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The Real Problem With ‘Economic Development’ Programs

Michigan should end the MEDC

… the state sacked the MEDC. The reality is that … in the piece, [The MEDC s] overall impact on … mission. While the MEDC and MEGA started as … good. It s good that MEDC has shrunk but that … more

State's Corporate Welfare Agency Tone Deaf to Requests for Transparency

MEDC treats transparency 'as an annoyance'

… transparency at the MEDC, companies accepting … of the hearing, the MEDC's chief executive, Steve … longstanding belief that MEDC presumes the public … interests. The MEDC should have insisted … more

MEDC's New Program: Government Funding Government

City of Ypsilanti will benefit from MEDC's $50,000

… any of the $50,000 MEDC is kicking in to a crowdfunding … response to questions MEDC Spokesman Mike Shore … Ypsilanti. ~~~~~ See also: MEDC Boss Says Agency Changing; … No Good Reason the MEDC Should Exist Beer … more

The 'M' in MEDC Should No Longer Stand For 'Mystery'

… disclose. The MEDC hands out millions of … relevant factors, the MEDC should explain them. … or early 2009, the MEDC did at least disclose … that point on, the MEDC has only disclosed how … more

Lawmaker Says 'Willful Neglect' Is the Rule at Embattled State Agency

… oversights. "MEDC has implemented enhanced … records, such as W-2s," MEDC spokeswoman Bridget … skeptical. "The MEDC is failing in administrating … Hohman said the MEDC failed to verify the … more

MEDC Boss Says Agency Changing; Has Long History of Backing Bad Companies

A look back at five MEDC-backed failures

… projected by the MEDC came to fruition. Finney … Jobs Fund, which the MEDC oversees, was created … possible." "The MEDC of today is a very different … release . The MEDC has a long history of … more

Politicians Want to Review State Agency that has 1 in 5 Jobs Track Record

… was asked about the MEDC and said, I think … general issued a report on the MEDC s 21st Century Jobs … more

MEDC Consultant Busted for ‘Recycling’ Reports

… for more investment in MEDC programs. Specifically, … Kentucky involving the MEDC s winning bidder, a … in response to an MEDC request for proposal … recycled version of the MEDC s own deeply flawed … more

Three Cheers for Michigan House Democrats

Questioning MEDC transparency is the right thing to do

… latest salvo against the MEDC was inspired, at least … information from the MEDC. I don t think the … actually argued the MEDC should lose its funding … hold these guys at the MEDC accountable to taxpayers, … more

There Is No Good Reason the MEDC Should Exist

… (and current Chair of MEDC Executive Committee) … exists (none from the MEDC) offers little evidence … through this lens, MEDC operations make far … taste: In this clip, MEDC Executive Committee … more

Beer Website Provides More Information About Taxpayer Investment Than The State

Deals that never materialize are not reported by the MEDC

… "American Badass" beer. The MEDC doesn't mention anything … transparency of the MEDC is a concern, said James … Policy. The MEDC only tracks deals when … reported on by the MEDC. For example, in … more

Thirty-One MEDC Salaries Top $100K

… Information Act request, the MEDC has 31 employees making … $100,000 or more. The MEDC has 351 positions. Greg … president and CEO of the MEDC, had the top salary, … $150,000. The MEDC was structured to incorporate … more

According to Beneficiaries, All Government Spending Is Worth the Investment

… third-world countries. The MEDC s analysis showed that … more

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

Why tax cuts are better than corporate welfare

… magnitude of those MEDC job promises also is … jobs promised by the MEDC. If this is the best … more

MEDC Feeling the Heat for Corporate Welfare Deals Coming Home to Roost

$9 billion in special deals projected

… Development Corporation (MEDC) as incentives for businesses … credits. The MEDC made an interpretation … has been a critic of MEDC programs, and the MEGA … results. ~~~~~ See also: MEDC Boss Says Agency Changing; … more

Senator Says MEDC Should Stop Believing Its Own Press Releases

… hearing, Cassis told MEDC CEO Greg Main, "The press … reality." Michael Shore, spokesman for the MEDC, didn't respond to an … comment. Cassis said the MEDC didn't seem too concerned … would require the MEDC to state in its news … more

A Uniquely Overqualified Candidate

LaFaive's satirical cover letter for MEDC job

… which was run by the MEDC. We found that for every … declared winners by MEDC jobs wizards, only one … broader analysis of the MEDC itself, found an empirical … programs run by the MEDC for the purpose of creating … more

Lawmakers Looking At MEDC Transparency

… amount of funds the MEDC spends annually has … taxpayer dollars. The MEDC has a history of investing … administered by the MEDC. "Economic development … entities, like the MEDC, that are involved with … more

Pressure Mounting For MEDC Transparency

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

… Democrats. The MEDC is a government authority … Michigan. For years, the MEDC has been criticized … find out whether the MEDC is spending tax dollars … supposed to make the MEDC more transparent. In … more

MEDC Questioned About Its Transparency

Questions about how tax dollars spent could warrant new legislation

… budget. On June 13, 2011, MEDC sent him a document … supplies." The MEDC describes itself as … most recognized of the MEDC's responsibilities is … Michigan. The MEDC website also has a section … more

State Agency Has 52 Employees Who Earn More Than $100K

State Rep.: 'The MEDC's track record in picking winners is poor'

… increase over the 31 MEDC employees that topped … newsletter, reported the new MEDC salary numbers, which … it obtained from the MEDC. In its article, MIRS … between the 12 "public" MEDC employees who made $100,000 … more

Democrat Contradictions: Corporate Tax Breaks Bad, But Incentives for Hollywood Good

Dems criticize MEDC, but want to give more money to millionaire movie moguls

… giveaways. "The MEDC is a slush fund the … empty promises. The MEDC for far too long has … office is part of the MEDC. "Politicians of … more

MEDC Removes Video of Obama, Top Dems Praising Failed Battery Company

YouTube promotion showed Obama, Granholm, Levin and Stabenow promising thousands of jobs

… few weeks ago, the MEDC made all of its promotional … been raised about the MEDC s lack of transparency . The … Michigan Advantage, the MEDC s (now defunct) YouTube … their operations. The MEDC previously promoted … more

MEDC: The Same Old Run Around On Jobs Numbers

… was in office, the MEDC dodged questions about … even lawmakers, the MEDC typically responded … seeking answers from the MEDC were, in essence, being … some changes to the MEDC, which is a quasi-governmental … more

Don't Extend Granholm's 'Blown Away' Program

Demand accountability instead

… After six years, the MEDC still does not report … what is it worth? The MEDC has not reported on … appointees who run the MEDC's parent agency, the … more

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

State Reps call for greater transparency or elimination of program

… in April 2013, the MEDC reported to the state … total. When the MEDC responded in July to … that found that the MEDC had not been reporting … submitted four questions to MEDC, three of which were … more

MEDC Still Using Questionable Benchmarks

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

… were reported by the MEDC were actually created. … reality. Despite that, the MEDC is using "jobs committed" on its 2012 MEDC MIScorecard Performance … is unclear why the MEDC would continue to use … more

MEDC Programs Consistently Fall Short of Initial Claims

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

… exists instead. The MEDC oversees the 21st Century … programs overseen by the MEDC have not lived up to … more

Interlocal Agreements – Good Intent, Bad Practice

… governments, the MEDC is a liaison with … state. But the MEDC does not provide public … government like the MEDC . ILA s have … more

Spotty Track Record Doesn't Stop State Agency From Doling Out Deals

General Motors has 'created' fewer jobs than promised on 5 of the last 6 MEDC-partnered projects

… the state. The MEDC's most recent beneficiary … Warren Tech Center. The MEDC is planning to amend … projections involving the MEDC has not been good. In … a tax deal with the MEDC in May 1999 for retaining … more

Projections vs. Reality

Michigan Adds, Loses Thousands of Jobs

More proof corporate welfare doesn't work

More proof corporate welfare doesn't work.


MEDC Approves Corporate Welfare for Dealership

LaFaive: Special favors unfair to competitors, taxpayers

LaFaive: Special favors unfair to competitors, taxpayers.


Corporate Welfare to Increase $20M

Governor's 2013 proposed budget released Thursday. more

Thirty-One MEDC Salaries Top $100K

… Information Act request, the MEDC has 31 employees making … $100,000 or more. The MEDC has 351 positions. Greg … president and CEO of the MEDC, had the top salary, … $150,000. "The MEDC was structured to incorporate … more

Now is the Time to Demand Transparency from State's Corporate Welfare Agency

… surprising that the MEDC, Michigan s corporate … rest regarding the MEDC. Although the concept … requirements for the MEDC should be more stringent, … been the case; the MEDC has long been one of … more

MEDC Response

… jobs. Michael Shore, MEDC spokesman, provided … more

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

Despite failures, taxpayer funded corporate welfare continues

… audit found that the MEDC doesn't follow-up on … concluded that the MEDC's efforts to evaluate … effectiveness." The MEDC noted that it was the … report found that the MEDC did not follow up on … more

Point One Finger, Three are Pointing Back at You

… Republicans for billions the MEDC has awarded Michigan s … 1995. ForTheRecord says: The MEDC s "flagship" Michigan … more

MEDC vs. Kentucky

Michigan offers tax incentives worth five times the competition's

… Saginaw. At the time, the MEDC stated that GlobalWatt … the table before the MEDC offered its incentives. My … administration and the MEDC is desperate for any good … LaFaive said. The MEDC knows their press releases … more

Little Disclosure on Business Subsidies

Deals could eat up half of budget surplus

… are receiving. The MEDC makes an announcement … jobs announced by the MEDC ever materialize. There … available.) The MEDC is much better about … more

Michigan's Job Loss Apocalypse Averted!

No thanks to the 'Department of Corporate Welfare.'

No thanks to the "Department of Corporate Welfare." more

The 'Pro Big Business' Myth Put to Rest

… Group found that three MEDC programs cost the … more

State's Corporate Welfare Agency Hasn't Faced Real Media Scrutiny

… Development Corporation (MEDC), which is the state s … responsibility to demand that MEDC provide basic transparency. … idea behind all of MEDC s various programs … taxpayers. Audits of MEDC programs, performed … more

Commentary: Meet the New MEDC, Same as the Old MEDC

… scoop: In September, the MEDC issued a request for … government (and/or MEDC) should spend to be … of course, is to use MEDC s preferred tools of … and/or validate the MEDC s method of defining … more

State Economic Development Group Has Little To Do With Job Success

Analyst: 'Right-to-work’s success will be determined by Michigan’s overall economic performance'

… been ringing at the MEDC since we passed that … Hohman warned that the MEDC has little say in how … the activities of the MEDC." Companies opening … By comparison, the MEDC announced in March 2013 … more

Commentary: 'Corporate Welfare' Hype Yields Few Economic Results

The companies promoted by the MEDC on Youtube are in financial trouble

… failures. The MEDC video on car battery … Vieau, praising the MEDC and former Gov. Jennifer … government loan. The MEDC video on a film studio … million . An MEDC video on converting … more

State Agency Approves Subsidy Deals Despite Repeated Shortcomings

… (which is part of the MEDC), with the state supporting … projections. "The MEDC should know these things … spokeswoman for the MEDC, didn't respond to a … also: CapCon Coverage of the MEDC Rosy Solar … more

Analysis: MEDC Letter an Admission of Failure

… specifically references the MEDC's Michigan Economic … average. If this is the MEDC's idea of success, we … failure. In March, the MEDC offered a refundable … a credit card, the MEDC placed him on stage … more

Michigan Gives Unfair Tax Handouts To Try and Counter 'Right to Work' States

Democratic Rep. ignores millions in special deals for company picking Michigan over Tennessee

… Michigan without the MEDC tax handouts. That video … private on a MEDC website. In a column … deal." "Without the MEDC, this facility wouldn't … Gitter said. An MEDC memo said Ralco … more

Gas Tax and Fee Discussion Worth Having

… investment, something the MEDC probably hasn t … more

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

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

… bureaucrats. The MEDC s website contains … promises panned out. The MEDC doesn't issue press … millions of dollars in MEDC handouts and lost tax … channel created by the MEDC itself, containing interviews … more

State Government Playing Favorites With Food Providers

Marquette co-op receives hundreds of thousands from state taxpayers

… investment." The MEDC stated it projects the … jobs predicted by the MEDC and what have actually … No Good Reason the MEDC Should Exist A … Program Pressure Mounting For MEDC Transparency more

Michigan Paying $860 Million In Select Tax Incentives, Subsidies

Favored businesses get preferences

… No Good Reason the MEDC Should Exist A … Program Pressure Mounting For MEDC Transparency more

How Michigan Blew a Hole in its Budget

Handing out taxpayer dollars to large corporations was a bipartisan effort

… dangerous. "Republicans have allowed the MEDC to become a runaway … economy based on the MEDC s corporate giveaways. Giving … No Good Reason the MEDC Should Exist A … Program Pressure Mounting For MEDC Transparency There … more

LG Chem: A Look Back At the Failed Predictions

Company generated more press releases than batteries

… jobs. In a statement, the MEDC said the state hasn t … battery project. To date, MEDC has not issued any credit … Mackinac Center, said the MEDC that oversees the state … most recent report the MEDC gave on LG Chem was … more

Bad Week for Michigan Corporate Welfare Machine

… creative sectors." MEDC Head Greg Main chimed … e-mails written by MEDC staffers were revealed … after receiving its own MEDC special treatment promises … ~~~~~~~ Another MEDC official, Michael Shore, … more

State Government Has Poor Record Predicting Jobs

… administration reported that the MEDC claimed to have created … more

One Sector Grew Last Decade: Corporate Welfare

Very few jobs to show for special favors, subsidies

Very few jobs to show for special favors, subsidies.


Economic Development a Campaign Tool

… up to the hype. The MEDC s own YouTube channel , … more
Michigan Economic Development Corporation

What Economic Development Transparency Should Look Like

… another story. The MEDC has been good at announcing … information is vital because MEDC projects have so rarely … more

MEGA Failure: Job Projections From Michigan Tax Credit Program Rarely Came True

Only 2.3 percent of projects met projections

… Releases Gov. Granholm and the MEDC were particularly adept … incorrect. Officials from the MEDC did not respond to a … To $0 MEDC Programs Consistently … more

Corporate Welfare a Continual Failure

Time for government to focus on the basics

… film subsidies , MEDC select business deals … legislator to say that the MEDC should stop believing … more

The Perils of Politicians' Promises

… 2010 and, citing the MEDC itself through September … claims posted by the MEDC amounted to one-third … listed below. MEDC Programs Consistently … note: A call to the MEDC seeking comment was … more

Politicians Don’t Guide the Economy, You Do

Economic growth starts with the individual, not the state

Economic growth starts with the individual, not the state. more

MEDC-Endorsed Bet on Horse Track Now Under Investigation by Wayne Co.

… employees. However, an MEDC memo dated Sept. 23, … independent contractors." The MEDC memo states the course … racecourse. The MEDC estimated that the project … in tax credits. MEDC spokesman Michael Shore … 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'

… Venture Capital for the MEDC, made her pitch for … capital funds." The MEDC has a 21st Century Jobs … Confidential Coverage of the MEDC Despite … more

Department Reorganization is New Wine in Old Skin

Corporate welfare doesn’t work, reorganizing won't fix it

… Service report the new MEDC President and CEO, Doug … more

GlobalWatt Claims on Applications for MEGA Deals Disputed, Raise Questions About MEDC Scrutiny

State Should Investigate GlobalWatt’s Claims, Says Center Analyst

… investigations by both the MEDC and the Attorney General's … Senator Says MEDC Should Stop Believing … more

Trim Corporate Welfare to $0

… and large cut. The MEDC's basic function is … will kill. The MEDC s many failures … out on parole. The MEDC and its many "jobs" … elsewhere. State revenues for the MEDC actually are appropriated … more

A123 Files for Bankruptcy

Yet another failure of central planning

… eventually taken down by the MEDC but saved by CapCon. Despite … more

Embattled Agency in Charge of Special Tax Favors Snaps at Critics

… businesses. The MEDC's open letter comes … audit that found the MEDC awarded tax credits … that a $38 million MEDC tax credit program in … estimates that the MEDC gave out $150 million … more

While Local Governments Fight Food Trucks, State Subsidizes Some of Them

Food truck owner: ‘The government shouldn’t give grants to promote any business’

… just that. The MEDC's " Mobile Cuisine … of businesses, the MEDC program could be a good … email. "[For the MEDC program], not only is … taxpayers." The MEDC defended the program, … more

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

Gov. Rick Snyder’s first budget fell short of the “atomic bomb” promised by Lt. Gov. Brian Calley, in part due to the fact that a megaton of further spending and tax cuts were left on the table. Overall, the budget moves the state in a positive direction with greater tax simplicity, more transparency, less corporate welfare and fewer discriminatory tax policies.


Lawmaker Says $150 Million in Unearned Tax Credits Given Out by State

… the credits or the MEDC just gave them credits … more

Special Deals Yield Far Fewer Jobs Than Projected

About nine months before an Auditor General's report questioned the accuracy of job projections in tax incentives handed to companies by the state, the Mackinac Center for Public Policy did its own study highlighting the problem.

The Mackinac Center study states that for every 1,000 jobs companies projected they would create, about 294 jobs were actually created, on average — about 29 percent.

That report was vindicated by the Auditor General report that was released April 23. The report looked at company projections from 2005 through 2007 and concluded that about 28 percent of projected jobs came to fruition.

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What the New Legislature Should Stand For — And What It Should Not

… little transparency, the MEDC granted long-term deals … more

State Websites Give History a Rewrite

… there is a link with MEDC CEO Greg Main's statement … "Statement by Greg Main, MEDC President and CEO." But … more

Google Jobs Lacking, Yet Some Locals Still Consider It a 'Badge of Honor' for Ann Arbor

… first five years. An MEDC press release stated, … announcement. According to the MEDC, Google brought in 163 … would yield. Using the MEDC's tax credit formula, … companies involved in MEDC tax credit deals fall … more
Michigan pothole

Trim Corporate Welfare to $0

… and large cut. The MEDC s basic function is … will kill. The MEDC s many failures and … out on parole. The MEDC and its many jobs … elsewhere. State revenues for the MEDC actually are appropriated … more

Awarded Millions, Wind Turbine Company Defaults on State Loan

State gives very little information on companies it subsidizes

… Development Corporation (MEDC) report had boasted … evaluating how effective the MEDC's incentives are, people … be provided by the MEDC. All the state … said. Hohman believes the MEDC should have to disclose … more

The GOP Politicians Who Voted Against Ending Film Subsidies

Those voting for more tax credits explain why

… hearing in February, the MEDC testified that taxpayers … more

State’s Economic Central Planning Agency Behaving Differently Under New Leadership

… staffing requirements. The MEDC shortened the company s … (, the MEDC reduced by one year … zone. MEDC spokeswoman Karla Campbell … punitive action the MEDC could take. But … more

State Loans Often Losers

… "uncollectible." The MEDC doesn't expect almost 33 … does make money, the MEDC can get its money back. For … example, in 2009 the MEDC stated that it has … also: Senator Says MEDC Should Stop Believing … more

Predictions of Success Are Public - Failures Are Secret?

Michigan Economic Development Corp. very open with predictions of success, growing more secretive with news of failure

… effectiveness of the MEDC's tax credits has come … of the 10 jobs the MEDC claims will be created … report. She questioned MEDC CEO Greg Main about … reality." The MEDC's responses to requests … more

Balance Increased Road Spending with Cuts

Tax, spending cuts should be pursued

… This figure is the MEDC s own conservative … revenue available. The MEDC oversees the state's … $75 million . The MEDC's Jobs Fund was conceived … theme of this and other MEDC programs, meaning that … more

Land Bank Loans Often Losers

… "uncollectible." The MEDC didn't expect almost … last year. The MEDC stated it will either write … does make money, the MEDC can get its money back. For … example, in 2009 the MEDC stated that it had … more

Lawmaker Lobbies Against Lobbyist

… lobbyists. The MEDC has been embroiled … Alliance, said the MEDC having its lobbyist prowling … with regard to the MEDC. State Rep. Tom … Shore, spokesman for the MEDC, said there are two … more

No Audits for Ten Years on Companies Getting Special Tax Breaks from State

… Wednesday. Greg Main of the MEDC said that is now changed … Hills, estimated the MEDC may have given out $150 … 1995 to 2005 because MEDC officials didn't believe … tax credits and the MEDC staff had a close relationship … more

Bouchard 'Would Not Hesitate' to End State's Economic Central Planning Agency

… dogged critic of the MEDC for more than a decade. … relations effort by the MEDC took place during the … it says." The MEDC definitely has something … Growth Authority the MEDC's primary method of … more

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