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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
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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

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 Is a Moth to a Failure Flame

Suniva bankruptcy lights up program shortcomings

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

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

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

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