Good Jobs First Blog

Jul
2
2020

These States Are Missing A Lot of Tax-Break Disclosure Data – Is It Non-Compliance?

Tax abatement disclosures often need to be enforced at the state level. We have isolated a few states that have abnormally low disclosure rates among their local governments. Is there underreporting going on? Is underreporting a statewide problem?

Jun
29
2020

Nine Common Reasons Governments Decline to Provide Tax Abatement Disclosures

For local governments, acknowledging GASB Statement No. 77 on Tax Abatement Disclosures is not a bad start, but not disclosing the amount of taxes abated is bad for transparency. This blog exposes the common "excuses".

Jun
29
2020

State Enforcement Actions Against Financial Sector Misconduct Have Yielded $17 Billion in Company Penalties

A new compilation of regulatory enforcement actions shows that states have collected more than $17 billion in penalties from financial services companies over the past two decades. Most of that sum comes from cases brought by New York State against major U.S. and foreign banks

May
29
2020

Disclosing Tax Revenue Lost to Corporate Welfare: Are Local Governments Backsliding on Compliance?

When a local government does not report on tax abatements, is it not complying with the GASB 77 disclosure rule, or is there nothing to disclose? This blog answers the question.

May
11
2020

Covid Stimulus Watch Adds 5,000 Healthcare Provider Awards

Covid Stimulus Watch, the website created by Good Jobs First to help monitor CARES Act aid to corporations, has just grown tenfold with the addition of 5,000 entries involving healthcare providers. The new entries are an enhanced version of a recipient list posted late last week by the Department of Health and Human Services for the Provider Relief Fund created by the CARES Act.