February 11, 2020, 8am PST
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.
January 12, 2020, 9am PST
The consequences of the Congressional budget approved at the end of 2019 can be measured in millions of tons of greenhouse gas emissions.
June 2, 2019, 1pm PDT
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.
April 8, 2019, 2pm PDT
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.
February 27, 2019, 8am PST
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.
November 9, 2018, 8am PST
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.
October 19, 2018, 12pm PDT
A biting opinion piece asks why Californians would want to worsen the effects of Proposition 13 by voting yes on Proposition 5.
October 11, 2018, 10am PDT
The Detroit project was slated to become a massive sports and entertainment district. After five years, little has changed.
May 29, 2018, 1pm PDT
Oregon is the latest state to join the nascent federal program, which is designed to stimulate investment in distressed areas.
December 21, 2016, 11am PST
AB 71, originating from the California Assembly, would raise funding for low-income housing construction by ending an existing tax break for second homes.
November 2, 2015, 5am PST
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.
Crain's Business New York
June 20, 2015, 11am PDT
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.
Institute for Local Self-Reliance
February 12, 2015, 9am PST
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.
January 2, 2015, 1pm PST
The price of cars in the country of India will increase—a lot—as the government rolls back tax breaks.
April 29, 2013, 8am PDT
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.
July 4, 2012, 11am PDT
So says the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, releasing a new report that says this all-too-common strategy rarely pays off.
April 30, 2012, 5am PDT
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.
Greater Greater Washington
July 9, 2011, 11am PDT
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.
Crain's Cleveland Business
February 16, 2011, 5am PST
A successful, 1965 California farm and ranch land conservation tax mechanism is under threat by Gov. Brown of dissolution due to the $25 billion deficit. If dissolved, individual counties would have to determine to keep the tax program going.
June 21, 2009, 7am PDT
Next month, Vancouver will begin a two-and-a-half year incentive program to encourage developers to build affordable housing.