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New developments in the K.C. Metro border war between Kansas & Missouri.


By David Nicklaus, May 11, 2016

Area governments have provided more than $2 billion of subsidies to retail developers in the past couple of decades, but metropolitan St. Louis has the same number of people working in retailing as it did in 1990.

New Government Accounting Rule Takes Effect: Price Tag on Corporate Welfare

Washington, DC--For state and local budgets starting December 16, 2015 or later, most governments will have to disclose how much revenue they lose to corporate tax breaks given in the name of economic development.

“Shortchanging Small Businesses” Study Strikes a Loud Chord!

When social science finally confirms a widely-held belief—and billions of taxpayer dollars are at stake—people pay attention.


By Stephen Dockery, October 27, 2015

The oil and gas, pharmaceutical and utility sectors top the list of a new corporate misconduct database that tracks U.S. environmental, health and safety violations of parent and subsidiary companies.


By Alan Greenblatt, November, 2015

Several states have decided the way to juice up economic development is to turn it over to a corporation outside the government bureaucracy. Is it working?


By Jeremy Quittner, September 29, 2015

Small business owners say the billions spent by state and local governments predominantly help big businesses, not them or their customers.


By Marcia Heroux Pounds, July 17, 2015

The cost of attracting jobs to our region is rising. Broward and Palm Beach counties have awarded millions of taxpayer dollars for company relocations or expansions in recent months, including two major deals completed in just the past two weeks.


By Sarah Jaffe, July 9, 2015

The St. Louis-area campaign highlights the networks of powerful individuals who have a vested interest in maintaining the status quo