Good Jobs First Blog

May
14
2021

5 Questions with Joel Bakan: Ending Corporations’ Strangehold on Society

In 2004, Joel Bakan wrote a book about the dangerous grip corporations hold over people and institutions, and how government has aided and abetted their dominance. “The Corporation: The Pathological Pursuit of Profit and Power” was published in over 20 languages and inspired the acclaimed film, “The Corporation."
Now he’s back with a new book, “The New Corporation: How ‘Good’ Corporations are Bad for Democracy.”

May
11
2021

It’s Time for Amazon to Start Paying US to Locate in Our Communities

Amazon's gotten more than $4 billion in public subsidies, including $855.5 million since the start of 2020, as the pandemic began its devastation. But we don't have to be passive bystanders - we can force Amazon to pay.

Apr
22
2021

And the Oscar Award for Best Actor Goes To … Film Subsidies for Their Portrayal of “Being a Good Investment”

As awards season closes out Sunday at the Academy Awards, we went behind the scenes to highlight just how much Best Picture nominees received in tax breaks. Together, we were able to identify about $13 million in tax breaks for three films. The actual price tag, however, might be much larger as so many film subsidy programs lack proper transparency.

Apr
20
2021

5 Questions with Tom Speaker: New York Breaks Up With Opportunity Zones

Reinvent Albany, a nonprofit that advocates for transparent, accountable, effective New York government, recently celebrated a major victory when the State Assembly voted to decouple from federal Opportunity Zone tax breaks. Policy Analyst Tom Speaker talked to Good Jobs First about why this is such a big deal.

Apr
15
2021

Subsidy Tracker Adds 17,000 New Records

We posted a new version of Subsidy Tracker, Good Jobs First’s database of company-specific subsidy awards from state and local governments across the country as well as federal agencies. During this round of updates, we added over 17,000 entries from 112 state and local programs from 28 states. We also updated the federal programs. We also added nine megadeals.