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Incentives under the microscope

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The recent announcement that Dell plans to close its Winston-Salem desktop computer plant, which government officials lured to North Carolina with millions of dollars in targeted tax breaks, prompted renewed calls for a re-examination of the state’s use of so-called economic “incentives.” The Winston-Salem Journal interviewed John Hood on the topic. Both Hood and Joseph Coletti also alluded to the incentives racket in television interviews critiquing Gov. Beverly Perdue’s current economic development trip to Asia. Hood discussed the trip with WTVD, while Coletti spoke with News 14 Carolina. JLF Legal and Regulatory Policy Analyst Daren Bakst also discussed incentives in a new syndicated column, published by media outlets including the Lincoln Tribune. Speaking of Bakst, the Richmond County Daily Journal published his recent column on convicted felons’ gun rights, while The Heartland Institute’s Environment & Climate News quoted him in an article about wind power in the North Carolina mountains.

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