Jan
25
2022

PPP Loan Forgiveness Disclosures Reveal Many Dubious Beneficiaries

The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), part of the original federal stimulus package, the CARES Act, was meant to keep workers on the job and small businesses alive during a time of financial uncertainty. But did it work? The answer to that may be unclear, but nearly all the loans - over 80% - have been forgiven.

Dec
23
2021

New Year’s Resolutions: Our Five Wishes for States’ ARPA Transparency

We can make New Year’s Resolutions for other people, right? Because I’m about to make some for the good people across the country who will continue spending about $500 billion in CARES Act and American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) money, well into 2022.

Dec
3
2021

New York State Website Makes it Impossible to Track COVID Spending

Despite a self-congratulatory blog by New York Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, the state’s COVID-19 Relief Program Tracker fails Good Jobs First’s transparency test.
Nov
8
2021

Some States Prove: American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Money Can Be Spent Well

Since stimulus funds started going out, Good Jobs First and other open government advocates have been pushing for greater transparency and accountability for how trillions in CARES Act and ARPA funds are being spent. Some states, we’ve noted, have made questionable if not outright poor choices.

Oct
12
2021

Rescue Plan Showers States and Localities with $350 Billion; Tax Cuts or Building Back Better?

In addition to aid like unemployment insurance and business loans, Uncle Sam is disbursing hundreds of billions to help the economy recover from impacts caused by a global pandemic and widespread economic shutdown. The Delta variant has sparked renewed hardships.