Community Solutions Podcast- Crony Capitalism in Our Cities

February 15, 2018 at 12:30 am Leave a comment


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In this episode, Jason and Andrew start with a Local Lowdown segment that highlights the aspirations of New Hope to become a Step 4 MN Green Step City, with all its costs and regulations. You can read a more in-depth article here to find out why you must keep your city out of the club. We also discuss an issue in Robbinsdale, where they are excited about the Blue Line Extension… until they find out they don’t want the strings that go along with the “free money”. Sounds like something we’ve talked about before…

In the main event, we discuss the trend of many cities to give preference to certain businesses over others. It may come in the form of tax abatements,  Tax Increment Financing (TIF) Districts, loans (sometimes interest free), major transit projects, or other gifts that favor one business over another. While we want to assure businesses think that our city is a great place to do business, giving out corporate welfare isn’t the answer. Yet, many businesses have come to expect it. Do companies like Target really need special breaks? We talk all that and more this week!

Just launched!!! At the beginning of each episode Jason quotes some song lyrics that have to do with the subject matter of the podcast. Andrew never knows what they are, but now he can… and so can you! We just launched the Spotify playlist: “Community Solutions Music From the Podcast“! You can listen to Roundabout from Yes after listing to Episode 30 on Roundabouts… or kick back and enjoy a rocking playlist just for the thrill of it. We add a new song every week. Subscribe and enjoy!

Don’t forget that you can also subscribe to our podcast on iTunes, Google Play, and Spotify, or go out to the PodBabble Podcast Network!

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