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Fallacy of Trickle Down Theory

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If we had a dollar for every time we heard an economist put forward the “trickle down theory” to justify tax cuts, we wouldn’t have enough cash to buy a Starbucks tall coffee of the day. Huh? That’s right. In an intense pamphlet titled, “Trickle Down” Theory and “Tax Cuts for the Rich,” Thomas Sowell […]

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Tools for Tackling Elephants – Rural Areas of Opportunity

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The label you place on your community says a great deal about it.  For years, the Florida legislature has used the label Rural Areas of Critical Economic Concern (RACEC) for rural communities or regions that have been mired by economic distress.  The designation as a RACEC comes from the Governor, and allows these communities to […]

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Findings from Reviews of Florida’s Business Incentives

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In 2013, the Florida legislature asked the Office of Economic and Demographic Research (EDR) and the Office of Program Policy Analysis and Government Accountability (OPPAGA) to conduct a detailed analysis of Florida’s incentive programs. As part of its review, OPPAGA was asked to evaluate each program over the previous three years for effectiveness and value to the state’s taxpayers and include recommendations for consideration by the Legislature.

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Jill Scroggs Silverboard

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Jill Scroggs Silverboard thinks local governments can innovate and she’s leading by example. It’s not what Jill’s resume says about her past that warranted recognition as a Thinker of the Month, rather her understanding of the complexities of public service challenges today.

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Analysis Tools

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With the much anticipated release by MIG of its IMPLAN 2012 data set today, Thinkspot adds input/output (I/O) modeling to its economic analysis capabilities.

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An Ecosystem Perspective

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Cleaning out my briefcase, I found March 2012’s Harvard Business Review jammed into an inner sleeve. The underlined sentences and notes served me well in reminding me why I’d carried Rosabeth Moss Kanter’s article in my briefcase for nearly 18 months. Her four-point plan for linking innovation, enterprises and jobs start a series of literature […]

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