Good Jobs First Subsidy News

01/09/2018

BY David Dayen, New Republic

As Amazon builds up its distribution network, it’s hit on a trick long practiced by the likes of Walmart: using the federal government to help pay its workers. A new study by Policy Matters Ohio found that more than 700 Amazon employees receive food stamps, or more than 10 percent of the tech giant’s 6,000-strong workforce in the state. Some of those recipients may be part-time help, but the fact that they need federal aid to survive suggests that they would be happy to work more. “Why is this giant, successful company offering such limited pay and hours of work that many of its workers need help buying food?” asked Zach Schiller, research director at Policy Matters.

12/16/2017

By Rebekah Allen, The Advocate

Story Highlights

- Exxon Mobil, has gradually lost some 1,900 jobs in East Baton Rouge Parish, while receiving tax cuts worth almost $700 million over 20 years.

- The industrial tax exemption program has for years had no job requirement, and many companies have self reported job losses as they were allowed to forego millions of dollars in tax payments to local governments

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