August 2016 Posts

Aug
25
2016

New government data to reveal how tax breaks for businesses leave K-12 school funding out to dry.

As fall approaches, millions of moms and dads are scrambling to prepare for the first day of school, excited to support their children’s success.

But are schools ready to receive our kids and foster that success? Increasingly, the answer is no.

Aug
15
2016

Corporate Welfare Olympians are relying on performance enhancing corporate welfare to boost profits

The titans of the sports apparel industry are reveling in the success of the Olympic athletes they’ve signed up to wear their products in Rio. At the same time, the companies themselves are competing in their own games: the Corporate Welfare Olympics.

Aug
5
2016

Locally Grown Low-Wage Jobs

Local economic development departments are so eager to fertilize job creation in their communities that they often grow low-wage jobs that are detrimental to their economic landscape. Too often, localities (cities or counties) provide funding to employers that promise to create jobs but fail to ask: Will these positions be full-time? Pay minimum-wage or a living-wage?

Aug
2
2016

Great Organizing in Baltimore Wins Delay in Nation’s Third-Largest TIF Deal

An incredible community-labor mobilization in Baltimore has tied up what would be the third-biggest private-sector tax increment financing (TIF) deal in U.S. history.