With my newest op-ed in the Detroit News, I’m hoping to get people thinking about development subsidies outside the traditional partisan political battle lines:
From whatever angle you come at it personally, there’s a growing agreement that this isn’t a Right versus Left battle, but rather a case of “Us versus Them” — people with power are making business and government work to their own benefit while the rest of us pay the cost.
Whether you’re more likely to call it “The Swamp” or “The One Percent,” this is exactly the kind of rigging of the system by political and business elites that has so many Americans unhappy with the state of our nation’s institutions.
Read the whole thing here.
I’m proud to have co-written an op-ed in the Des Moines Register with John Hendrickson of Iowans for Tax Relief. Iowa’s politicians have gone hog-wild (pun intended) for economic development subsidies, and it’s time for the state’s taxpayers to have the transparency and accountability they need to decide whether or not they’ve gotten a good deal for their money.
My most recent op-ed on economic development ran in The Oakland Press this week. In it, I try to get the reader to think about whether or not the stakeholders in economic development subsidies are generally telling us the truth about what’s going on, and what we should require of them in the process.
As I wrote in the Detroit News this week, “The true purpose of economic development incentives isn’t to create jobs. Rather, it’s to make voters think that politicians are creating jobs.”
I had the pleasure of sitting down recently with Paul Taros on “Tough Talk With Taros” to discuss corporate welfare and economic development policy in Michigan.
My latest Detroit News op-ed takes on the “we must have public mass transit if we’re going to compete for companies like Amazon” argument. If giant tech companies think their employees need help getting around metro Detroit, they can run their own shuttle services like they do in Silicon Valley rather than asking the region’s taxpayers to foot the bill.
I really enjoy the work I do for Think Freely Media, where I write about the things that don’t get said or the words that should have been used for their “What Should Be Said” initiative. Over the past month or so, I’ve taken on public-sector union messaging, what Betsy DeVos should have told “60 Minutes” about school choice and where the real free speech threats lie with Facebook.