The authors would like to thank the following:

  • Associate Professor Peter Fisher of the Graduate Program in Urban and Regional Planning at The University of Iowa, for reviewing an earlier draft of the econometric model employed in this study;

  • Distinguished Professor Cal Kent, Vice President of Business and Economic Research; and Kent Sowards, Director of Data and Survey Services, Center for Business and Economic Research at Marshall University for their helpful comments;

  • Andrew Lendrum, Dykema Gossett law clerk.

  • Tara Lynn Velting, J.D.;

  • James Hohman, research assistant, Mackinac Center for Public Policy;

  • Daniel Smith, research intern, Mackinac Center for Public Policy.