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Horn Network Update - March, 1999

Posted on behalf of Rusty Orben <ROrben@mailr.sen.state.oh.us>

Our web site has moved!!!!!
Previously, our web page had been available through the Geocities server
(http://www.Geocities.com).  Now we have moved our web page to the Ohio
Senate's main server.  My new web address is:


TIME Magazine Series on Corporate Welfare
The TIME series on corporate welfare is now available in a compendium.
The four-part series, which ran in November, outlined the problems
associated with the incentive wars between the states.  Each article can
be accessed through the TIME Magazine homepage (http://www.time.com) as
well as thorough my web page
(http://www.senate.state.oh.us/horn/econ.htm).  The compendium is
available from TIME Magazine by calling 1-800-982-0041 and costs $1.50
plus shipping and handling.

Arizona Dept. of Revenue Overview of 1998 Econ. Dev. Policy Legislation
The Arizona Department of Revenue recently released its annual report on
economic development policy in each of the 50 states.  This annual
report tracks new economic development legislation across the country.
The National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) will be providing
this report through their website in the near future
(http://www.ncsl.org).  Once the report is available, I will post the
notice on my web site and through the network.

Governing Magazine Article - Hartford Whalers and the City of Hartford,
Governing Magazine ran an article recently, outlining the situation in
the city of Hartford, Connecticut.  The city lost their NHL hockey team,
the Whalers, to North Carolina and actually improved their economy.  Now
the NFL's New England Patriots are moving to Hartford, with the help of
a $375 million in government subsidies.  The story can be accessed
through my web site at http://www.senate.state.oh.us/horn/hartford.htm.

The Corporation for Enterprise Development (CFED) Monthly Newsletters
The Corporation for Enterprise Development (CFED) has released Vol. I
Number 3 of their business incentive clearinghouse newsletter.  The
Business Incentive Reform Clearinghouse is a project, managed by the
Corporation for Enterprise Development (CFED) and funded by the Ford
Foundation, which seeks to provide local, state, and federal
policymakers with the most current ideas for holding such incentives to
a higher standard of public accountability. Its specific goals include:
(1) serving to strengthen the ties between policymakers and the best
academic research on incentive design, reform, administration, and
evaluation ideas; (2) create a forum for dialogue between reform
experts, research, policymakers, journalists, and the informed public;
(3) exploring new federal, state, and local reform options; and (4)
tracking the latest reform alternatives and the latest case studies of
unaccountable incentive uses.  
Volume 1, Number 3: Linking incentives and employment programs
I. First source hiring agreements, by Barbara Anderson,
with example of Job Net in Portland, Oregon
II The Strategic Investment Program of Multnomah County:
Linking Incentives to Performance
III. Resources: A New Organization Helping Constituent Groups
Hold Firms Accountable
Accountability: Maine's Approach; Minnesota's
Corporate Welfare Law requiring mandatory reporting of performance and
The CFED Newsletters can be accessed through my new home page address
at: http://www.senate.state.oh.us/horn/cfedhome.htm.  Contacts and
references are included for the various initiatives.

Good Jobs First Study Finds Minnesots Job Subsidies Have High Costs, Low
Wages and Lack Standards
A study recently released by Good Jobs First, a new project of the
institute on Taxation and Economic Policy, revealed that many Minnesota
corporations benefitting from economic development incentives pay very
low wages.  The corporations also benefit from very high dollar
subsidies, including 38 deals valued at $100,000or more per job.  The
report can be accessed through the Institute's web page: