Good Jobs First Blog

Jun
15
2017

Does Corporate America See A Future in the United States?

By Gordon Lafer & Greg LeRoy

When the term “Rustbelt” was coined in the 1980s and activists learned the early warning signs of a plant closing, one of those indicators was tax dodging. If a company knew it was planning to close a factory, it would often challenge its property

Jun
5
2017

Great American Jobs Scam — back online!

Good Jobs First is happy to announce that our book-length explanation of how economic development in American became so corrupted is back online!

The Great American Jobs Scam: Corporate Tax Dodging and the Myth of Job Creation is again free online, this time with an annotated Table of Contents.

May
25
2017

GASB 77: Finally, Sonar for “Budget Icebergs”

As we await this year’s geyser of first-ever tax break data under GASB Statement 77*, Good Jobs First is especially keen to see how some “budget icebergs” will be revealed.

For example:

Michigan Economic Growth Authority (MEGA) tax breaks disrupted the state’s 2015 budget process when officials realized the true

May
17
2017

New Mexico Leads the Way on GASB Statement 77

New Mexico State Auditor Tim Keller is a man on a mission. No one is doing a better job implementing a new national corporate welfare sunshine rule.

As the person in charge of compliance with Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB) rules by every locality in the state, Keller and his

May
11
2017

Birmingham Goes Above and Beyond New Economic Subsidy Reporting Rules

Birmingham, Alabama set a positive example last winter when it exceeded a new accounting rule and disclosed far more tax-break information than is required under GASB Statement No. 77*. The biggest city in a free-spending state that has been notoriously opaque, it named company names, disclosed the number of tax-break