The Geography of Incentives: Economic Development and Land Use in Michigan

December 2006

By Greg LeRoy, Allison Lack, and Karla Walter with Philip Mattera

The unfair geographic distribution of economic development subsidies in Michigan favors well-off and thinly populated areas, delivering few benefits to the state as a whole and harming the state’s economy. The state should get all the options on the table and begin coordinating its economic development programs with land use planning to make more efficient use of infrastructure, reduce tax base stress, and revitalize existing communities.

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