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?
I just returned from a trip to Springfield to testify before the Illinois House of Representatives on an economic development privatization proposal, but the chaotic scene was more reminiscent of the UK's House of Commons.
By Mary Bottari May 20, 2015
During the 2010 campaign for governor, Scott Walker famously promised to create 250,000 jobs in his first term.
Toward this end, one of his first acts as governor was to privatize the state's economic development agency.
By Mike Ivey May 19, 2015
While a questionable loan to a Walker campaign donor that recently came to light has Democrats calling for a federal investigation, watchdog groups have long noted problems with quasi-private economic development agencies like the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation.