Good Jobs First Blog

Dec
13
1901

Stars in Their Eyes? Cost of State Film Subsides Soar, Along with Concern

After decades of taxpayer-funded “smokestack chasing”, many states are now trying to lure Hollywood film projects with big subsidies. In a remake of beggar-thy-neighbor competition, states in every region are matching and surpassing special tax breaks for the film industry.

Dec
13
1901

Boastful LA Developer Hit with Subsidy Cap

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Dec
13
1901

Chicago Nixes Second Wal-Mart: The End of Its Urban Strategy?

Apparently to preserve Mayor Richard Daley’s détente with organized labor, Chicago government has nixed a renewed effort by Wal-Mart to build a new Supercenter in Chicago’s predominantly African-American Southside.

Dec
13
1901

With No Tax Breaks to Lure Venture Capital, Oregon Still Sees It Double

In many states, advocates of cutting taxes on capital gains (profits from sales of business assets) have claimed lower rates would increase the flow of venture capital and so clear the pathway to rapid economic growth.