Good Jobs First Blog

Jun
10
2022

New White House Report Catalogs ARPA’s Strengths

A recent report from the White House outlines how 32 programs in the emergency package spurred an equitable recovery from the pandemic. Notable successes highlighted in the 301-page report include a sharp decline in unemployment among people of color, the largest number of new jobs ever in a calendar year and lowering black and brown child poverty rates.

Jun
7
2022

How We Subsidize the Gun Epidemic

While the country mourns yet another mass shooting, one sad, obscure truth in this debate is the fact that the companies producing weapons are being subsidized by communities across the country. While a full accounting of how much the public gifts to gun makers is hampered by poor transparency practices, but we know for sure that the companies have received millions of dollars, often just to relocate.

Jun
6
2022

Decades of Megadeals — In Today’s Dollars

Good Jobs First has just completed an upgrade to our “Megadeals” dataset, by adjusting all subsidy values for inflation. (Megadeals we define as $50 million or more for a single project.) Considering that the first reported Megadeal took place in 1976, they now span 46 years. So adjusting for inflation matters for accurate comparison of deals many years apart.

May
18
2022

Wanted: Project Coordinator, Defending the Public Good Against Corporate Tax Breaks

Good Jobs First (www.goodjobsfirst.org), a small Washington DC-based non-profit with a big footprint, now seeks a Project Coordinator responsible for a project that uses a database, reports and technical assistance to document how much revenue government bodies are foregoing to corporate tax breaks.

May
12
2022

The Restaurant Revitalization Fund Should Have Stronger Oversight if More Funds are Approved

The American Rescue Plan included a program meant to keep small businesses owned by disadvantaged groups in the restaurant industry open during the height of the pandemic. The $28.8 billion grant program—known as the Restaurant Revitalization Fund—gave money to over 100,000 businesses, with some grants going as high as $10 million.