This will probably bring another round of complaining from the Republicans who want to politicize job creation with the false claim that we shouldn't be offering these tax breaks, and instead should just eliminate business taxes altogether. Let's take a look at the companies involved and the breakdown on the numbers - pay close attention to the competition here:
Bottom line is: We have to offer these incentives. As long as every other state in the nation is playing this game, it would be economic suicide for us to stop. Peter Luke recently pointed that out again - and offered the only way this practice could be eliminated.
Since states aren’t going to stop vying for jobs, the only way to end the race is through federal intervention. One idea would levy a federal corporate tax equal to 100 percent of state subsidies, so there would be no point in businesses playing states off each other.
Until that happens Granholm and lawmakers, or their successors elected in November, have no choice but to compete against Tennessee, Indiana or Ohio for jobs. They wouldn’t be doing their jobs if they didn’t.
It's very doubtful the feds would move to stop this. And when the Republicans say that eliminating all business taxes would do the same trick, the respected professionals at the Upjohn Institute for Employment Research beg to differ in a study released a couple of weeks ago.
The program created 16,700 more jobs than would have been created had the money socked into the tax breaks been used to cut the state's business tax rate, the researchers report.
Keep in mind that MEGA credits are a "pay for performance" tax break - no jobs created, no write-off for the company. And yes, everyone is being vetted now, thankyouverymuch, hopefully that means no more surprises in that department.
It's sad to have to defend economic success stories, but since certain Republican candidates feel the need to attack our strengths with their campaign rhetoric, it's good to get the facts out there. It's not a matter of "picking winners and losers" - it's a matter of getting these companies in the door in the first place. If we don't, some other state certainly will.