Mar
31
2009

Chicago Aldermen Want a Brighter Light on City’s TIF Spending

A specter is haunting Chicago City Hall-the specter of transparency for the city’s massive Tax Increment Financing (TIF) program

Jan
23
2009

Cooper Tire’s Novel Approach to Subsidy Competition: Pay to Survive

In a grim variation of the subsidy game that may become more common in a tanking economy, Cooper Tire last month successfully squeezed over $66 million in subsidies for plants in three states, pushed down union wages and benefits, and eliminated one plant altogether.

Nov
14
2008

Starting Up Stalled State Economies: Experts Give Some Do’s and Don’ts

With the election of a new president, officials in many states are hoping a renewed federal/state partnership will jumpstart the troubled economy. Until the new president takes office, however, falling revenues have prompted some states to take actions that are counter-productive rather than counter-cyclical.