Mar
19
2021

Sunshine Week: This file is your file, this file is my file

Your state and local government’s files on economic development subsidies are just that—your files.

Apr
1
2020

Outbreak of Corporate Patriotism. Voluntary Subsidy Refunds Helping Cash-Crunched Governments Pay for Soaring Pandemic Response Costs

With tax revenues plunging and healthcare costs soaring due to the coronavirus pandemic, some major corporations are volunteering to pay back the huge tax breaks and grants they’ve received as “economic development incentives.” They are also agreeing to forego future subsidies by canceling incentive deals. (Happy April Fool’s Day!)

Jun
24
2019

Remembering Larry Hanley, a community organizer disguised as a labor leader

The recent passing of Larry Hanley, International President of the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU), is far more than a great loss for his union’s 200,000 members. It’s a setback for transit advocacy, environmentalism, grassroots organizing and progressive politics.

Feb
13
2018

Reporters' Tip: Amazon & Retail Job Churn

In response to many inquiries we have received since releasing our study, Will Amazon Fool Us Twice?, about aggressive subsidy-gathering behavior by the online retail giant (and to mark Amazon's made-up "Prime Day"), Good Jobs First issued a WARN Act tip for reporters on how to add additional context to Amazon.com's claim of "creating" 100,000 jobs.

Jun
15
2017

Does Corporate America See A Future in the United States?

By Gordon Lafer & Greg LeRoy


When the term “Rustbelt” was coined in the 1980s and activists learned the early warning signs of a plant closing, one of those indicators was tax dodging. If a company knew it was planning to close a factory, it would often challenge its property