March 2022 Posts

Mar
29
2022

Women in Charge – An Economic Necessity

To commemorate the end of Women's History Month, Good Jobs First decided to dive into the make-up of economic development leadership. Looking at the data from 52 economic development agencies from all 50 states and DC (Wisconsin has 2 agencies, one private and one public), we found that 34 are headed by men and only 18 by women. 

Mar
25
2022

And The Oscar Goes To: Public Subsidies. The 2022 edition

The Oscar season is upon us, when many of us want to forget the grim news and enjoy movies that can take us to a new reality. On Sunday, we will make ourselves comfortable to celebrate those films. But when we do, let’s not forget that the movies we honor were supported with public money, our money.

Mar
24
2022

Report: California Utilities are the Most Heavily Penalized in the Nation

Electric, gas and telecommunications companies in California have paid far more in penalties for consumer protection and safety violations than utilities in any other state, accounting for more than half of the $13 billion in fines and settlements since 2000 in the country as a whole.

Mar
18
2022

Sunshine Week: Economic Democracy Depends on Transparency

Americans of every political persuasion consistently tell pollsters that corporations have too much power over public policy. That’s painfully true in economic development, where a corporate-dominated site selection system built up over 80 years turns our public officials into lapdogs with taxpayer checkbooks. So how do we dismantle the Tax Break-Industrial Complex and take back our economic democracy? It starts with disclosure.

Mar
17
2022

Sunshine Week: Getting Corporations to Own Up to Their Climate Impact

The Securities and Exchange Commission, according to various media reports, is getting ready to issue a rule requiring publicly traded companies to disclose their greenhouse gas emissions in a standardized way for the first time. The rule, which the Commission has been working on since last year, would also oblige firms to detail the financial risks associated with those emissions.