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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

Bonfire of the Bureaucratic Vanities

MEDC should publicize its failures, too

… to our state,” then-MEDC president Michael Finney … recommending this loan, the MEDC also supported, in the … that didn’t stop the MEDC from recommending in … perform as expected, the MEDC should issue a press … 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

In 20 Years, Only Two Corporate Welfare Recipients Created 1,000+ Jobs

MEDC projections rarely come true

… recently, had the governor, MEDC, local agencies, etc., … created in 1995 , the MEDC has approved benefits … projects came under the MEDC’s former flagship program, … seven. Many of the MEDC's announcements were … more

MEDC’s Pure Michigan Puffery: Part I

Agency claims about success deserve more scrutiny

… vice president of the MEDC arm in charge of the … Pure Michigan, the MEDC is seeking to justify … latest product from the MEDC’s vendor, Longwoods … are then used by the MEDC as evidence of its program’s … more

According to Beneficiaries, All Government Spending Is Worth the Investment

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

MEDC's Priority: Defend Its Budget

When faced with criticism, it's discredit first, read the critique second

… industry. The MEDC's response has been … in this series, the MEDC has granted several … provide evidence that the MEDC’s programs are not only … contradicted claims by the MEDC and Longwoods that the … more

Secretive Bidder Wins Pure Michigan Contract Over Transparent One

Auditor General, not MEDC, should hire reviews of corporate welfare programs

… of its proposal. The MEDC has a reputation for … should strip from the MEDC the right to review … Pure Michigan. The MEDC has appeared perfectly … apparently unaware of the MEDC’s reputation for preferring … more

State's Corporate Welfare Arm Says Ex-Attorney General Approved Being Less Transparent

MEDC: AG gave 'informal verbal advice' about not disclosing tax information

… office. In 2009, the MEDC stopped disclosing the … questions posed to MEDC Vice President of Communications … determination? 2 — Did MEDC ask for the ruling? 3 … the question, “Did MEDC ask for the ruling?,” … 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

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

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

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

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

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

MEDC Is a Moth to a Failure Flame

Suniva bankruptcy lights up program shortcomings

… recommendation of the MEDC, a “photovoltaic credit” … more

Cut Corporate Welfare Before Social Welfare to Fund Roads

Michigan debates spending MEDC or EITC money on transportation

… $187 million from the MEDC's corporate welfare … however, does not touch MEDC funding. Leaders … would be to embrace the MEDC cuts of the House plan. “ Michigan … Public Policy. “The MEDC consumes hundreds of … more

QA 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 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

Tax Cuts Beat Selective Favors in Economic Growth

Only broad changes will improve the state's economy

… shedding jobs. While the MEDC was announcing 4,420 … more

MEDC Downplayed Pure Michigan Return On Investment Claims? Oh Really

Secretive numbers used in claims have headlined many tales told to reporters and lawmakers

… a comment from the MEDC. David Lorenz is … used wisely. The MEDC recently ended its relationship … 2010, Longwoods and the MEDC were claiming just … The company and the MEDC refuse to divulge the … more

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

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

Michigan House Wise to Shift Corporate Welfare Spending to Roads

Programs shown to be ineffective and wasteful

… literature on the subject of MEDC-type programs. The authors … department like the MEDC encourages corporate … 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

What Happens When the Michigan Economic Development Corporation Ends?

State could save millions by stopping ineffective subsidies

… development policies. The MEDC is an “interlocal agency,” … development programs, the MEDC ought to go away. There … agency do it. The MEDC is not a third party … agreement with the MEDC to delineate each party’s … more

Another MBDP Jobs Subsidy Project Doesn’t Work

State officials can’t pick economic winners from losers and shouldn’t try

… Steve Arwood, then the MEDC’s chief executive. But … more

State Corporate Welfare Agency Picks Winners That Turn Out To Be Losers

Program officials subsidize Cherry Growers, Inc., company goes bankrupt

… City. In 2012, the MEDC recommended that Cherry … "profit-participation." The MEDC projected at the time … president and CEO of the MEDC, used a press release … “winner” picked by the MEDC has since closed and … more

Bills Would Ban Keeping Taxpayer Handouts To Corporations Secret

A handful of companies are getting billions, but citizens are forbidden to know who or how much

… 15-year existence, the MEDC did disclose which companies … February 2015, the MEDC valued General Motor’s … 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

MEDC Approves Corporate Welfare for Dealership

LaFaive: Special favors unfair to competitors, taxpayers

LaFaive: Special favors unfair to competitors, taxpayers.


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

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

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

Election Night: More Corporate Handouts or More Personal Income Tax Cuts?

As expected, both candidates have different plans for economic growth

… promised to “ Unleash the MEDC ” in her first year … to finance them. The MEDC is effectively the state’s … temporary. But as for the MEDC, it is unlikely to disappear … more

MEDC's Magic Act: Make Taxpayer Money Disappear With Little Return

… debate over whether MEDC should be eliminated. … recognition of what MEDC actually is. As … corporate welfare arm, MEDC is supposedly tasked … economy. In reality, MEDC is an advertising and … more

Projections vs. Reality

Corporate Welfare to Increase $20M

Governor's 2013 proposed budget released Thursday. 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

Blown Away By Flawed Research on Jobs Program

Michigan spent millions with little to show for it

… substantial proof. The MEDC needs to be more transparent … did not justify the MEDC’s claims: It did not … 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

State ‘Pure Michigan’ Agency Refuses to Debate Ad Program's Cost Effectiveness

Think tank's independent research suggests taxpayers get back $2 for every $100 Pure Michigan spends

… discussions between MEDC officials and agency … unfavorable to the MEDC and state government … has also accused the MEDC and its paid consultants … their challenge to MEDC officials to debate … more

Emails Show Shaky Grounds for Corporate Welfare Agency’s Transparency Shutdown

… an exchange between MEDC officials are dated … purpose of increasing MEDC transparency. What follows … three emails among MEDC officials, with the … legislative affairs for the MEDC. He is now the manager … 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

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

The 'Pro Big Business' Myth Put to Rest

… Group found that three MEDC programs cost the … more

Michigan's Job Loss Apocalypse Averted!

No thanks to the 'Department of Corporate Welfare.'

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

Economic Interference Week

Economic Development Week is no cause for celebration

… the largest of the MEDC’s programmatic failures, … its benefits. The MEDC’s “ Pure Michigan ” … helping the economy. The MEDC claims huge returns … taxpayer dollars. The MEDC bureaucrats who run … more

What’s Old is New Again: Another Subsidy Program Being Considered by Legislature

Good for politicians and well-connected businesses, bad for Michigan

… benefits.” Similarly, the MEDC also pays a consultant … reports. Nevertheless, MEDC bureaucrats implicitly … salaries involved, the MEDC also uses sophisticated … produced by and for the MEDC are basically empty … more

Pure Michigan Spent $295 Million and Even Hotels Only Got Scraps Back

Researchers find taxpayers pay big to ring resort cash registers just a little

… benefitted by the spending, MEDC has claimed that Pure … and Hicks dispute the MEDC’s methods for determining … contracts from the MEDC. Yet the firm refuses … more

Snyder Orders a State Economic 20 Year Plan

'Whereas, government can help ...'

… projected jobs that the MEDC reported had materialized. … more

Studies of Government-funded Tourism Promotion Withstand Criticism

Publicly funded marketing for tourism is a waste of money

Publicly-funded marketing for tourism is a waste of money more

Real Economy Creates 81 Jobs For Every 1 Promised by Business Subsidy Program

And don't look too hard at the record of those promises

Broad improvements to the business climate help more than special subsidies more

Bad Santa: Trump Risks Cronyist Blowout with Carrier Incentives

Draining the swamp by creating new ones

Draining the swamp by creating new ones


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

Calls to Expand Michigan’s Economic Development Programs Fall Short

New plans don't even claim to develop the economy

New plans don't even claim to develop the economy


Will Republicans Backtrack on Corporate Welfare Cuts?

Many economic development programs receive bipartisan support

Many economic development programs receive bipartisan support


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

Job Churn Shows Why Targeted Tax Favors Do Not Work

There is constant job loss and creation in the state economy

There is constant job loss and creation in the state economy


How to Improve Economic Development Transparency

State considers changes to economic development disclosure

State considers changes to economic development disclosure


Michigan Adds, Loses Thousands of Jobs

More proof corporate welfare doesn't work

More proof corporate welfare doesn't work.


The Problem of Corporate Welfare

… changed . It’s true that the MEDC is better than in years … more

So Long Film Subsidies

Other 'economic development' programs should be next

Other economic development programs should be next


State Tourism Spending Ineffective

… resources. The MEDC is trying to halt a … is possible that the MEDC may find a way to shift … 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 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

Cut Corporate Welfare to Help Balance State Budget

Tenuous relationship between corporate welfare and economic health

… bureaucracy. The MEDC takes money from many … 2015. Even one of the MEDC’s own paid consultants … ineffective. Worse, the MEDC may actually harm … like subsidies. The MEDC hands out such favors. The … 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

State’s MBDP Job Creation Claims an Inconvenient Fiction

Just because government says its effective doesn’t mean it is

… spokesperson for the MEDC said that at least eight … amended. In the MSF-MEDC fiscal 2016 report to … more