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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

Legislators Who Promote Transparency Should Start by Disclosing Corporate Welfare Deals

MEDC secrecy patronizes lawmakers and public

… more sunshine. The MEDC is the state’s department … bureaucracy. The failure of MEDC programs to create … its records secret. MEDC officials routinely … recommended before, the MEDC should be shut down … 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

Pure Michigan Scare Tactics

MEDC deploys 'Washington Monument syndrome'

… infrastructure. The MEDC is the state’s corporate … and maintenance. The MEDC does not want its funding … Development Corporation (MEDC), said the plan "severely … press release from the MEDC, the media reports soon … 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

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

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

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

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 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

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

Tourism Promotion Study Criticism Absurd, Ironic

… public policy decisions, MEDC officials keep this … “check the work” of the MEDC’s consultants because … contracts from the MEDC, and whose current chair is a former MEDC official. When challenged … more

The MEDC’s Pure Michigan Puffery: Part II

Reforms could make agency more credible

… one year. If the MEDC (and Travel Michigan) … work of a reshaped MEDC look like? First, … auditor general — not the MEDC itself — should be responsible … studies. Officials at the MEDC currently have too much … 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

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

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

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 … Development Corporation (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

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