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Getting a Dell? Targeted Tax Breaks Don’t Increase Job Creation

posted on in Spending & Taxes

State lawmakers are scheduled to meet in Raleigh today to consider a package of tax breaks and other incentives designed to lure a Dell Computers plant to North Carolina. While politicians often portray such deals as necessary to promote growth and job creation, they serve to transfer resources from existing firms, sometimes even competitors, while failing to address tax and other problems afflicting businesses of all sizes in the state. A good place to start in improving the state’s business climate would be to reduce marginal tax rates.

Roy Cordato is Senior Economist and Resident Scholar at the John Locke Foundation. From January 2001 to March 2017, he held the position of Vice President for Research at the Locke Foundation. He is also an adjunct faculty member in… ...

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