Economic Development Develops

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Every so often, we need to take our eyes off the clown show in Washington, D.C., and consider what’s happening elsewhere. For example, the much-hyped competition for Amazon’s second headquarters. I hate to be Debby Downer, but that competition is an excellent example of what’s wrong with current approaches to economic development. Economic development offices around the country participate in […]

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Trump Threatens to Abandon Puerto Rico As Death Rate Escalates

Trump Threatens to Abandon Puerto Rico As Death Rate Escalates

As the post-hurricane death toll in Puerto Rico began escalating this week, Donald Trump just threatened to pull all FEMA relief efforts from the American territory. Couching his reasoning in the uninformed logic that the island owes money (and should therefore not receive the aid they’re entitled to as a part of the United States), Trump fired off three tweets […]

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Money, Tax Havens and Inequality

Income inequality has become a major concern over the past several years, as multiple indicators point to a gap between the rich and poor that exceeds that of the Gilded Age. Economists and policymakers recognize the existence of the gap, but haven’t necessarily agreed on its dimensions. Meanwhile, Congress– surprise!!– is just beginning debate on a tax “reform” bill that […]

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Corporate Tax Cuts: Rhetoric and Reality

Right now, most eyes are on Congressional Republicans and their last-ditch effort to destroy the Affordable Care Act, but those eyes will soon turn to the various tax “reform” efforts waiting in the wings. Bookies are probably taking odds on the likelihood of Congress actually managing to reform the tax code. What constitutes reform, of course, is in the eye […]

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Amazon: Playing The Economic Development Lottery

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Amazon’s recent announcement that it would be “accepting proposals” for a secondary headquarters has set off a predictable–and unfortunate– competition by cities all over the country. “Pick me! Pick me!” Even Indianapolis and Fishers have teamed up for the hunt. The Brookings Institution gets the dynamics right. In the world of state and local economic development, Amazon is a whale. […]

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While Our Neros Fiddle: Trump’s Raw Racism

Trump in Phoenix

In his Phoenix rally, Donald Trump doubled down on his appeal to racism–both through a self-serving (and inaccurate) defense of his remarks after Charlottesville and in a coy reference to a potential pardon for notorious Arizona racist Joe Arpaio. It was red meat for his supporters. The question is: who are those supporters? I have previously expressed my belief that […]

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The Three “I”s: Immigration, Infrastructure and Investment

GOP Deregulation & Economics

Let’s deconstruct the issue of economic growth. If there is one thing all politicians support, at every level of government, it is growing the economy. Unfortunately, few of those political figures recognize the economic effects of their other policy preoccupations. Here in Indiana, that disconnect was on vivid display during then-Governor Mike Pence’s effort to privilege religious discrimination against LGBTQ […]

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Policy For Dummies: Trump’s Handout To Coal Executives

Policy For Dummies: Trump's Handout To Coal Executives

Permit me to channel–okay, parody– Elizabeth Barrett Browning. How do I ridicule thee? Let me count the ways. I sneer to the depth and breadth and height My soul can reach… President Trump–in his obsessive effort to eradicate anything and everything that his predecessor did (he was black, you know)– has reversed Obama’s moratorium on new leases for coal mining […]

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