Calls for Reform of Incentive Programs Grow Louder

The Texas approach to doling out financial incentives to businesses faced fire on multiple fronts Tuesday, adding momentum to calls for broad reform of the state’s economic development programs.

In the Capitol, the Senate Economic Development Committee discussed adding more transparency and accountability to the state’s patchwork of incentive programs and heard support from attendees for such reforms.

“Obviously things have come up that we need to look into as we’re authorizing the money and all that,” committee chairman Bob Deuell, R-Greenville, said after the hearing. "We need to be satisfied that it’s being spent wisely ...

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