Good Jobs First Blog

Mar
16
2022

Sunshine Week: Transparency and Pandemic Spending

President Biden announced in this State of the Union Address that the Department of Justice will appoint a chief prosecutor responsible for investigating pandemic fraud.  

Mar
15
2022

Sunshine Week: Spotlight on Film Subsidies’ Dark Side

The other night, while scrolling Netflix for something to watch, I settled on “Don’t Look Up,” a cautionary tale that uses an earth-destroying meteor as a proxy for climate change. I instantly thought – how much in subsidies did this movie get? But I know the answer, because it’s almost always the same: I cannot tell and won’t be able to find out for another couple of years. Here is why.

Mar
14
2022

Sunshine Week: Why Amazon’s Subsidy Deals – and the Secrecy Around Them – Hurt All of Us

This month marks 10 years since Amazon opened its tax-break office. We’ve spent the last 10 days highlighting 10 deals that left communities worse off because of Amazon's relentless tax dodging. Our list highlighted warehouses of course, but also a fashion studio, a Whole Foods, a data center. Amazon seeks public subsidies for anything it does. As Sunshine Week kicks off, we call on Amazon to disclose what it has gotten and will get from the U.S. and abroad in economic development subsidies, and then, better yet, stop asking for them altogether.

Feb
8
2022

The Treasury’s Final Rule on Economic Development is Only a Win if it’s Enforced

The U.S. Treasury recently issued its final rule on the eligible uses of the American Rescue Plan Act’s (ARPA) Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Fund (CSLFRF). The guidelines also clarify what funds may not be used for. Notably, the Treasury said they can’t be used for general economic development purposes.

Feb
8
2022

Green New Deal or Stale Old Tax-Break Scam? Getting Electric Vehicle Incentives Right

The rapid rise of electric vehicles (EVs) is about to disrupt state economies and budgets, but the tax break-industrial complex is on cruise control. Governments are suddenly throwing billions in subsidies at new EV assembly and battery factories. Uncle Sam, as usual, is MIA on industrial policy, so the “economic war among the states” is in overdrive. Good Jobs First Executive Director Greg LeRoy wrote about the situation for The Nonprofit Quarterly.