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May 18, 2016, 12:27 ET Subsidy Tracker Database Reaches Milestones Revealing Corporate Welfare: Half a Million Deals, $250B in Taxpayer-Funded Subsidies

Documenting that corporate welfare has become a commonplace and expensive practice, the first national database of taxpayer-funded subsidy awards...


Apr 18, 2016, 10:34 ET Good Jobs First Lauds Kansas & Missouri for Progress Towards a Binding Cease-Fire on Taxpayer-Funded Interstate Job Piracy

Good Jobs First today applauded the State of Kansas for its progress towards accepting Missouri's offer of a legally binding cease-fire to end the...


Mar 10, 2016, 10:00 ET Bias Against Small Business Found in State Economic Development Budgets

 Amidst a political season thick with pro-small business rhetoric, a new study on what states actually spend to help create private-sector jobs...


Oct 27, 2015, 08:19 ET New Corporate Misconduct Database Identifies Largest Environmental, Health and Safety Violators

 Eight large corporations have each been penalized more than $1 billion in environmental, health and safety cases brought by federal regulatory...


Oct 20, 2015, 10:00 ET Study: Despite States' Pro-Small Business Rhetoric, Big Businesses Get Dominant Share of Economic Development Dollars

Governors and state legislators routinely praise small businesses for their contributions to economic growth and job creation, but states actually...


Sep 29, 2015, 09:00 ET Survey: Small Business Group Leaders Say States Favor Big Businesses at the Expense of Small Firms Seeking to Grow

A national survey of 41 leaders of small business organizations representing 24,000 member businesses in 25 states reveals that they overwhelmingly...


Aug 17, 2015, 09:42 ET New Rule on Tax-Break Disclosure: Historic Good News for Taxpayers

Good Jobs First today lauded the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB) for the issuance of its first-ever rule requiring state and local...


Mar 17, 2015, 09:00 ET Study: Large Corporations Dominate Federal Subsidies

Two-thirds of the $68 billion in federal business grants and special tax credits awarded over the past 15 years have gone to large corporations....


Dec 16, 2014, 10:40 ET Report: Development Subsidies Fuel Economic Inequality by Enriching Billionaires and Low-Wage Employers

Taxpayer subsidies awarded to corporations by state and local governments, supposedly to create good jobs and growth, are instead fueling economic...


Feb 25, 2014, 09:58 ET Database Reveals Big-Business Dominance of Job Subsidies

 Three-quarters of all the economic development dollars awarded and disclosed by state and local governments throughout the United States have...


Jan 29, 2014, 10:12 ET Report: Nearly All States Disclose Some Development Deals, But Outcome Reporting Remains Mostly Poor

All but four states now post some online information about which companies receive economic development subsidies. But disclosure quality varies...


Oct 23, 2013, 14:20 ET Report: Privatized State Development Agencies Create Scandals Instead of Jobs

Arizona, Florida, Indiana, Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio, Rhode Island, Texas, and Wisconsin Examined Three years ago, four newly elected...


Sep 18, 2013, 13:26 ET Report Asks: Who Is Funding Texas Gov. Rick Perry's Partisan Job-Piracy Trips?

Good Jobs First today released a study examining Texas Gov. Rick Perry's unprecedented string of partisan job-piracy trips into six states led by...


Jun 19, 2013, 11:45 ET Study: Giant Job Subsidy Packages Grow More Common and Costly

In recent years, state and local governments have been awarding giant economic development subsidy packages to corporations more frequently than...


May 30, 2013, 09:00 ET Study: Big Cities and Counties Fail to Disclose Costly Job Subsidies

Two-thirds of the economic development subsidy programs run by the nation's largest cities and counties do not use the web to report which...


May 29, 2013, 10:00 ET Study: Employer Support for Transit is Surging Locally but Fractured Nationally

American employers are organizing and winning better public transportation in many metro areas. Major employers such as universities and hospitals...


Jan 24, 2013, 10:00 ET Study: States Waste Billions Luring Jobs from Each Other

 State and local governments waste billions of dollars annually on economic development subsidies given to companies for moving existing jobs...


Dec 04, 2012, 13:17 ET "Selling Snake Oil to the States" Study: ALEC's Advice to States on Jobs Is Actually a Recipe for Stagnation and Wage Suppression

A new study finds that state tax and regulatory policies recommended by the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) fail to promote stronger...


Dec 04, 2012, 12:53 ET Report: Construction Boom Fails to Deliver Jobs to District Residents; Strong Hiring Rules Remain Crucial

Despite a building boom in the District of Columbia, DC residents remain grossly underrepresented on area construction sites. Recently strengthened...


Sep 11, 2012, 14:37 ET California, Illinois, Maryland, and New Jersey Study: "Job Sprawl" Still Subsidized Despite Four States' Modest Reforms

 Four states' efforts to curb "job sprawl" by altering economic development subsidies have had little effect on transit ridership, land use...


Apr 12, 2012, 09:53 ET Report: State Withholding Taxes Increasingly Pay for Corporate Subsidies Rather than Public Services

Tele-press conference April 12th, 10:30 am EDT To attend, contact Michelle Lee 202-232-1616 ext 210 or mlee@goodjobsfirst.org  Nearly...


Jan 18, 2012, 09:00 ET Report: States Lack Sound, Consistent Policies to Enforce Job-Creation and Other Performance Requirements in Economic Development Subsidy Programs

Despite the fact that many economic development deals fall short on job creation or other benefits, states are inconsistent in how they...


Jan 17, 2012, 15:23 ET Jan. 18 Report Will Grade States on Enforcement of Job-Creation and Job-Quality Standards

Largest Study Ever on State Clawbacks and Related Safeguards Good Jobs First will issue Money-Back Guarantees for Taxpayers, a...


Dec 14, 2011, 09:45 ET Report: States Spend Billions on Economic Development Subsidies that Don't Require Job Creation or Decent Wages

States are spending billions per year on corporate tax credits, grants and other economic development subsidies that often require little if any...


Nov 23, 2011, 16:10 ET Good Jobs First Responds to Erroneous Coverage of Walmart's D.C. PR Move

As the organization that co-published the first, and later updated manual, Community Benefits Agreements: Making Development Projects Accountable,...