June 24, 2012, 9am PDT
The federal government gives more research and development subsidies to fossil fuels than clean energy technologies. But, why?
September 12, 2011, 2pm PDT
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.
August 23, 2011, 1pm PDT
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.
Initiative for a Competitive Inner City
September 29, 2010, 5am PDT
This piece from <em>The Vancouver Sun</em> asks who pays their fair share for roads and transportation infrastructure costs: car drivers or cyclists?
August 2, 2010, 9am PDT
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?
May 14, 2008, 2pm PDT
<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>
New Brunswick Business Journal
April 30, 2008, 2pm PDT
<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>