“Level Playing Field” Padded With Public Dollars to Private Providers

Date: 2 Apr 2013 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Municipal broadband networks have been gaining traction across the country. It’s easy to see why: In many rural and low-income communities, privately offered broadband services are nonexistent. In its 2012 Broadband Progress Report the Federal Communications Commission counted nearly 20 … Read More

Don’t Subsidize Big Boxes at Local Shops’ Expense

Date: 10 Sep 2011 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Handing out multimillion-dollar subsidies to large chains has become commonplace in much of the country. But when governments use public money to woo national chains, economic growth and job creation are negligible, and independent retailers suffer, Stacy Mitchell argues in this commentary for Business Week.

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Four Corporate Tax Loopholes States Should Close

Date: 12 Mar 2009 | posted in: Retail | 2 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Doing so would ease budget shortfalls and restore a measure of fairnessfor small businesses, which lack access to these loopholes and end upshouldering a heavier tax burden than their big competitors. Some evidence even suggests that leveling the playing field may help spur entrepreneurialism and job growth.… Read More

Years of Subsidizing Retail and Nothing to Show for It

Date: 18 Feb 2009 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Despite an enormous commitment of public funding to support retail development, neither taxable sales nor retail employment has grown significantly in the St. Louis, a new report finds. The report concludes that development incentives have done nothing to boost tax revenue in the metro and "the overall fiscal health of local governments in the region is increasingly tenuous.… Read More

More States Close Tax Loophole that Gives Chains an Edge

Date: 6 Mar 2008 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

For years, chain retailers have exploited a loophole present in the tax laws of about half the states to escape paying billions of dollars in state income taxes. Efforts to close these loopholes have faced an uphill struggle, but the momentum may finally be shifting, thanks to research that has exposed the extent of the problem and its primary corporate beneficiaries, as well as new activism by independent business owners, who are breaking rank with powerful business groups to call for tax fairness.… Read More

Arizona Bans Tax Breaks for Retail Development

Date: 19 Jul 2007 | posted in: Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

For years local business owners and their supporters in the Arizona legislature have tried to put an end to the massive subsidies that cities in the Phoenix metro routinely dole out to chain retail developers. Bills to prohibit the giveaways were introduced in session after session, only to fail. But this year, lawmakers at last endorsed a measure that outlaws subsides for retail projects in Maricopa and Pinal counties, which encompass the Phoenix metro and include two-thirds of the state’s population. … Read More

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