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Falls hotel subsidies defy recommendation

The American side of Niagara Falls has too many cheap hotels and not enough high-end ones – so a specialist consultant told state officials in a 2011 report. The proposed solution: build more high-end hotels and don’t subsidize budget or mid-range ones because of their “limited potential for economic impacts.” The state has since invested […]


New York’s sorry subsidy return

Economic development agencies doled out $2.8 billion in tax breaks throughout New York State from 2007 to 2011, during which time the state lost, not gained jobs. David Cay Johnston offers his analysis and describes the lengths to which the state comptroller is avoiding tough questions about the effectiveness of economic development programs.