Josh Barro offers his take on the charge, oft resorted to by transit advocates, that subsidies for road maintenance encourage driving. Instead, he argues, we should turn our attention to the mechanisms that make it hard for transit to compete.
Jul 3, 2012 The Washington Examiner
David Steel explains how Buffalo's zoning code not only makes it impossible to build the type of neighborhoods people love, but also guarantees that low density development pays less taxes.
Jun 29, 2012 Rust Wire
The federal government gives more research and development subsidies to fossil fuels than clean energy technologies. But, why?
Jun 24, 2012 Grist
When governments use public money to woo national chains, economic growth and job creation aren't worth the cost, says Stacy Mitchell of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance. Independent retailers also suffer.
Sep 12, 2011 Business Week
It appears that everyone is talking about the impact that sports stadiums have on urban economic development. As soon as one person says they're a terrible idea, another article will retort the benefits brought to a given city.
Aug 23, 2011 Initiative for a Competitive Inner City
This piece from <em>The Vancouver Sun</em> asks who pays their fair share for roads and transportation infrastructure costs: car drivers or cyclists?
Sep 29, 2010 The Vancouver Sun
At $41,000 the new Chevrolet Volt is a "rich man's ride." Charles Lane asks why is President Obama offering federal tax credits of $7,500 to help better-off American's buy expensive cars?
Aug 2, 2010 Slate
<p>Quebec is notorious for its lavish subsidies designed to lure business. But with transparent accounting and a cost-benefit ratio of 3.74 to 1, the province's economic development agency makes sure taxpayers know what they are getting for their money.</p>
May 14, 2008 New Brunswick Business Journal
<p>Taxpayers typically contribute more than 50 percent of the cost of a new stadium or arena these days, but what are they getting for their money?</p>
Apr 30, 2008 The American