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Wednesday, October 30 • 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Roundtable: All’s Not Fair in Corporate Welfare: Ending the “Economic Development” War (Sponsored by Americans for Prosperity)

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Across the country, state executives, legislators, and bureaucrats hand out billions in corporate welfare each year. More recently, controversy from mega-deals such as Foxconn and Amazon’s “HQ2” have drawn increased concern about abuse of taxpayer resources. Yet even with increased public scrutiny and a growing body of research that disputes the value of targeted incentives, the road to reform can be long and difficult.

Given these consistent challenges—including state policymakers’ desire to be viewed as job creators—how can organizations best maximize their impact and build effective coalitions? This panel discussion will explore innovative policy and litigation strategies to successfully combat corporate welfare over the long term.

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Michael LaFaive

Senior Director, Mackinac Center for Public Policy
Michael LaFaive is senior director of the Morey Fiscal Policy Initiative for the Mackinac Center for Public Policy. He has researched and written extensively on state and local economic development policy over the past 20 years, including full studies on state business tax credits... Read More →

Russell Latino

Americans for Prosperity
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Greg LeRoy

Founder & Director, Good Jobs First
Greg LeRoy founded and directs Good Jobs First, a non-profit watchdog group on economic development subsidies. GJF First is home to Subsidy Tracker, the only national database of federal, state and local government subsidy awards. GJF has been recognized as the leading advocate for... Read More →
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Matthew Mitchell

Senior Research Fellow and Director, Equity Initiative at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University
Matthew D. Mitchell is a Senior Research Fellow and Director of the Equity Initiative at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. In his writing and research, he specializes in public choice economics and the economics of government favoritism toward particular businesses... Read More →
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Christina Sandefur

Executive Vice President, Goldwater Institute
Christina Sandefur is Executive Vice President at the Goldwater Institute. She also develops policies and litigates cases advancing healthcare freedom, free enterprise, private property rights, free speech, and taxpayer rights. Christina has won important victories for property... Read More →

Wednesday October 30, 2019 2:15pm - 3:15pm MDT