Good Jobs First Blog

Sep
10
2019

Subsidy Tracker Update is Now Available. Explore and Enjoy!

We spent this summer collecting data for the latest Subsidy Tracker update, which now is posted online and available to users. This update consists mostly of local data; however, we also added state data and four megadeals.

Aug
2
2019

First-ever binding end to a border war: Missouri-Kansas

By Kenny Thomas

August 2, 2019

Kansas Governor Laura Kelly has just signed an executive order that prohibits state subsidies being used to move existing Missouri firms in four Missouri counties to three Kansas counties, which together make up the Kansas City metropolitan area. Unlike previous voluntary no-raiding deals,

Jul
17
2019

GASB 77 Update: Second Year’s Disclosures Again Uneven

By Christine Wen

 

July 17, 2019

 

As Good Jobs First readers know, a new government accounting rule called GASB Statement 77 on Tax Abatement Disclosures took effect in 2016/FY 2017, so we are now getting the second year of new disclosures. For the first time ever, most governments

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.

Jun
19
2019

Employer Payouts in Background-Check Class Actions Top $170 Million

Washington, DC, June 19, 2019--A new compilation of court records finds that over the past decade employers have paid out $174 million to resolve class-action lawsuits alleging that they violated federal rules governing the use of background-check reports on job applicants. Companies providing those reports have paid out another $152 million when they have been sued directly.