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TIF’s self-financing rhetoric can be used to shift risk onto taxpayers.

This research, "How Risk Undermines TIF's Self-Financing Premise: A Case Study of Hudson Yards," expands the evaluation of TIF by questioning the widespread understanding of TIF as a self-financing tool through analysis of its risks and costs to taxpayers. The authors find that disclosing and assigning project risk is necessary before the project’s public approval to provide a robust cost-benefit analysis to municipalities considering TIF implementation and to ensure taxpayers are fully informed.

Authors: Bridget Fisher and Flávia Leite

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Much like the United States, the Brazilian government was slow to react to the virus, and Brazil joined us as one of the global epicenters of COVID-19 cases and deaths. New research shows that, also like the States, pre-existing inequities in living and working conditions along racial, educational, and class lines are at the root of the higher infection and mortality rates observed in low-income and non-white communities. The research also shows that without government aid, COVID exacerbates inequality.

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New York City's Hudson Yards project includes heavily discounted property taxes for Hudson Yards developers.

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Rather than being "self-financing," New York's Hudson Yards project cost the city $2.2 billion in costs, largely due to tax breaks provided by the city to incentivize development and standard development risks and costs.

The framing of the redevelopment of Manhattan's Hudson Yards as a self-financed project hides the public trade-offs.