Longtime Champion of Tax Breaks for Luxury Housing Changes its Tune in Atlanta
A recent scandal and leadership changes have produced an almost unprecedented decision by the Development Authority of Fulton County.
Loopholes in Texas Development Tax Break Break Affordable Housing Promises
A tax break approved by the Texas Legislature is delivering massive benefits to developers in the state, but advocates say the public isn't getting the promised return on investment.
Tax Increment Financing Reforms Promised by Chicago Mayor Lightfoot
The controversial tax break known as TIF looks headed for reforms in the Windy City, as Mayor Lori Lightfoot promises reforms that ensure more equitable application of the benefits of TIF.
The Congressional Budget Cut Clean Energy Tax Breaks
The consequences of the Congressional budget approved at the end of 2019 can be measured in millions of tons of greenhouse gas emissions.
Evaluating the 2011 'Twitter Tax Break' Along San Francisco's Troubled Market Street
The 2011 "Twitter tax break" was controversial at the time, and remains so to this day. New offices and employees have filled the corridor of Market Street where the tax break is in effect, but massive challenges persist.
Congressional Bill Would Offer a Bigger Tax Break for People Who Bike to Work
A bi-partisan bill till early in the federal legislative process would expand a very small tax incentive for people who ride a bike to work.
Tax Breaks Offered in Exchange for Affordable Housing in Downtown Phoenix
The state of Arizona doesn't allow local jurisdictions to charge affordable housing fees for new developments, so the city of Phoenix is offering tax breaks as an incentive instead.
Seeking Mixed-Income Housing Developers in Columbia, South Carolina
Columbia, South Carolina is concerned about the lack of affordable housing in its city, potentially making it difficult for fire fighters, teachers, and more to afford to live in the community.
Californians Could Vote to Expand Prop 13 Property Tax Breaks in November
A biting opinion piece asks why Californians would want to worsen the effects of Proposition 13 by voting yes on Proposition 5.
Big Redevelopment Plan for Detroit Neighborhood, But Little Progress
The Detroit project was slated to become a massive sports and entertainment district. After five years, little has changed.
Oregon's 86 Opportunity Zones Include 'High Rent' Districts in Portland
Oregon is the latest state to join the nascent federal program, which is designed to stimulate investment in distressed areas.
Bill Would End Tax Breaks for Second Homes in California
AB 71, originating from the California Assembly, would raise funding for low-income housing construction by ending an existing tax break for second homes.
Residential Construction Still Riding a Tax-Break Surge in NYC
Big investments in residential building in New York City indicate the strength of the city's economy, according to an article in Crain's New York Business.
For Cities, Big-Box Stores Are Becoming Even More of a Terrible Deal
Big-box retailers' new tactic to slash their taxes is the latest example of why cities are better off saying no to the boxes and cultivating Main Streets instead.
Op-Ed: New York's Affordable Housing More Corrupt than Helpful
A columnist takes the recent scandal involving disgraced former New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver as a particularly heinous example of how far astray affordable housing policy is from its intended goal.
India Rescinds Tax Break on Cars
The price of cars in the country of India will increase—a lot—as the government rolls back tax breaks.
Is a Costco Superstore a 'Tourist Attraction'?
New York prohibits County Industrial Development Agencies from granting tax breaks to retail projects, but will waive this rule if the project is a "tourist attraction." The Onondaga County IDA thus declared a proposed Costco a tourist attraction.
Tax Breaks for Big Business is Bad Policy
So says the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, releasing a new report that says this all-too-common strategy rarely pays off.
Can LivingSocial Help Establish D.C. as a Tech Hub?
Ken Archer opines on whether proposed tax incentives being offered by D.C. to retain the corporate offices of website LivingSocial are a smart trade-off amongst a backdrop of sparse public resources.
Subsidizing Sprawl Through Relocation Tax Breaks
A new study from the nonprofit research center Good Jobs First looks into how relocation tax breaks for businesses have encouraged sprawl in the Cleveland and Cincinnati metropolitan areas.
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