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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

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
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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 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

MEDC Approves Corporate Welfare for Dealership

LaFaive: Special favors unfair to competitors, taxpayers

LaFaive: Special favors unfair to competitors, taxpayers.

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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

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

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
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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

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

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

Projections vs. Reality

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The 'Pro Big Business' Myth Put to Rest

… Group found that three MEDC programs cost the … 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

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

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

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

Gas Tax and Fee Discussion Worth Having

… investment, something the MEDC probably hasn t … 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

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

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 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

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

State Government Has Poor Record Predicting Jobs

… administration reported that the MEDC claimed to have created … 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

Economic Development a Campaign Tool

… up to the hype. The MEDC s own YouTube channel , … more
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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

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

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

A123 Files for Bankruptcy

Yet another failure of central planning

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

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.

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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

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

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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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
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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

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

No Shortage of Issues To Attack On In Michigan's 15th District Senate Primary

Sen. Mike Kowall, Matt Maddock and Ron Molnar

… Development Corporation (MEDC) the state s corporate … the money spent on MEDC as part of the road … money that goes to MEDC for roads, but in my … mistake. We have changed MEDC from the way it was … more

Incumbent’s Voting Record, Philosophy Challenged In Michigan's 107th

Rep. Frank Foster vs. Lee Chatfield

… Development Corp. (MEDC) to fund subsidy projects, … 2013 Q. Regarding MEDC transparency, which … this package holds the MEDC to a greater account … performance audit of the MEDC found that only 19 percent … more

Incumbent’s Record Targeted and Defended in Michigan's 46th

Rep. Bradford Jacobsen and John Reilly discuss their differences on energy mandates, select subsidies

… performance audit of the MEDC, found that only 19 … result, it shows that it (MEDC) is a joke. Fixing the … would be by taking the MEDC money out of the budget. Rep. … Jacobsen: [The] MEDC has been under scrutiny … more

Incumbent’s Voting Record Targeted In Michigan's 86th District House Primary Race

Rep. Lisa Posthumus Lyons vs. Angela Rigas

… Development Corp. (MEDC), which is known as … percent of the jobs that MEDC originally projected … actually materialized. MEDC supporters argue that … past performance of MEDC and now under Gov. Snyder, … 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

Educators Facing Off In Michigan's 59th House District

Superintendent Roger Rathburn vs. teacher Aaron Miller in the Republican primary

… and subsidies. The MEDC and related programs … transparency reforms to the MEDC and would vote to eliminate … elimination of the MEDC funds. The problem … more

Defining The Primary In Michigan's 89th: Two Candidates, Two Views

Rep. Amanda Price vs. Matthew Wiedenhoeft

… percent of the jobs that MEDC originally projected … actually materialized. MEDC supporters argue that … past performance of MEDC and now under Gov. Snyder, … continuing to fund MEDC 25 percent of originally-projected … more

Here's Where the Candidates Stand In Michigan's 42nd House Race

Nick Fiani, Rich Perlberg, Dale Rogers and Lana Theis sound off

… Development Corp. (MEDC), the film subsidy program, … Development Corporation (MEDC) is known as the state s … companies? Perlberg : The MEDC improved slightly under … YES! YES! YES! to MEDC transparency reforms … more

GOP Candidates For Michigan's 80th House District Tackle the Issues

Cindy Gamrat vs. Steve Schulz

… Development Corp. (MEDC) and the state film … jobs. I believe the MEDC, particularly under … demands that [the] MEDC be completely transparent … is to eliminate the MEDC, she said. Years … more

Stances on Corporate Welfare a Difference In Michigan's 39th House Race

Rep. Klint Kesto vs. Deb O'Hagan

… Development Corp. (MEDC), the film subsidy program, … in Michigan via the MEDC, which spends about … more

Ag Still Not Michigan's 2nd Largest Industry

And why that myth is so damaging

… Loses 200,000 Jobs, MEDC Finds 2,185 "). Agriculture … more

'Protect Our Jobs' Could Increase Gov't Secrecy

… intransigence see MEGA, the MEDC and the Loss of Sunshine , … more

GlobalWatt: How Corporate Welfare Hurts Real People

… Raise Questions About MEDC Scrutiny MEGA … more

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

… staffing requirements. The MEDC shortened the company s … (www.MIRSNews.com), 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

Select Business Subsidies, Endorsements Are Differences In 37th District Senate GOP Primary

State Representatives Wayne Schmidt and Greg MacMaster face off

… Development Corp. (MEDC), which is known as … requested from the MEDC. As a lawmaker … information from the MEDC to test its transparency? … of transparency at MEDC. In fact, I was quoted … 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

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

Green Bus Biz Fails: Government Planners Pick a Loser … and Stick With It

… becomes clearly perilous. MEDC officials reached out to … backed out. One top MEDC official reached out … then vice president at the MEDC, wrote in a March 2, … wrote in an email to MEDC staff. However, … more

Contrast Over Right-to-Work, Film Subsidies, Detroit Bailout In 31st District Senate Race

State Sen. Mike Green vs. State Rep. Kevin Daley

… requested from the MEDC. As a lawmaker … information from the MEDC to test its transparency? … than going to (the) MEDC. Sen. Green: On … and information from MEDC officials on a number … more

Inflated Jobs Numbers Cost Michigan Taxpayers $7.7 Million

Over-reported numbers from Michigan's two largest auto companies

… in an audit of the MEDC performed by the CPA … working to make sure MEDC convinces me that this … McMillin said. The MEDC was criticized in two … jobs issue shows the MEDC s tax credit program … more

An 'Expensive Game' Providing the 'Illusion of Creating Jobs'

State economic development czars trusted the job projections provided by horse race track seeking special tax treatment

… be reviewing another MEDC project that has become … over 30 years. The MEDC trumpeted this project … reality." Is the MEDC giving away taxpayers' … job estimates? The MEDC didn't respond to e-mails … more

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