My old boss Skip is in prime form today over on Crosscut. Don't miss his evisceration of the "Economic Impact" industry, a critically important part

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Mossback's on fire!

"Economic Impact" studies have got him steamed this time

My old boss Skip is in prime form today over on Crosscut. Don't miss his evisceration of the "Economic Impact" industry, a critically important part of our local economy, whose job is to produce "studies" showing how critically important various other industries are--in particular, the critical importance of industries that pay for studies. Professional sports teams, arts organizations and others looking for taxpayer support are some of the most reliable study-funders.
    Back when the Mariners were trying to convince us to spend a billion dollars on a new stadium, I wasted some time doing an in-depth analysis of the "economic impact study" the team had paid someone at the UW to gin up. My favorite part showed, as I recall, some kind of average number for what the jobs generated by the team's presence in town paid. And it was pretty impressive how good those jobs looked when Ken Griffey Jr. got averaged in with the five-dollar-an-hour concession guys.

 
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