February 2008 Posts

Feb
27
2008

Austin (TX) Voters to Decide Fate of City’s Retail Tax Breaks

Officials in Austin, Texas have announced that residents will vote in November on a proposed amendment to the city’s charter that would ban tax breaks to retailers. The announcement came after a group called Stop Domain Subsidies (SDS) succeeded in collecting enough petitions to put the measure on the ballot.

Feb
26
2008

From Sprawl to “Social Disorder”: The Collapse of the Suburbs?

America’s sprawling suburbs are starting to show signs of “physical and social disorder” analogous to those that plagued many of the country’s large cities in the 1960s and 1970s, according to a provocative article in the March issue of The Atlantic by Christopher Leinberger.

Feb
21
2008

Clemens’ Misremembering Catching on in the Big Apple

At last week’s congressional hearing on Major League Baseball’s steroids scandal, Yankees pitcher Roger Clemens now infamously claimed a teammate “misremembers” their discussions about his possible steroid use.

Feb
21
2008

Wisconsin Subsidizes Border Hopping, But Did It Need To?

Uline Shipping Supplies, a distributor of industrial packing materials, recently announced it will relocate its headquarters from Waukegan, Illinois to a new headquarters/distribution campus just 20 miles north in Wisconsin, for which it will receive up to $23 million in state and local business subsidies.

Feb
14
2008

Minnesota’s Rural JOBZ Program Falls Short

Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty’s signature rural economic development program is unaccountable and ineffective, says a new report by the state’s Legislative Auditor.