Making Smarter State Investments

Dennis Bellafiore (unpublished), Marie Cristina Herrera (unpublished), Stephen Herzenberg |

The state of Pennsylvania currently gives out roughly $300 million dollars each year to attract businesses to Pennsylvania or retain existing ones. This report raises the question: does Pennsylvania invest these subsidies in the right places? The report analyzes where subsidies given out by three of the largest Pennsylvania business subsidy programs go, including the extent to which they go to older communities with existing infrastructure versus outlying communities.