Good Jobs First Blog

Jul
20
2017

Early GASB 77 Disclosure: One Hot Mess

For the first time ever, local and state governments are just beginning to report how much revenue they lose to economic development tax breaks. We here at Good Jobs First can only describe the corporate welfare price-tag data so far as one hot mess.

Some local governments' reports are user-friendly,

Jul
14
2017

Why Public Officials Should Embrace GASB 77

In a guest column for the influential government performance website of Katherine Barrett and Richard Greene, the B & G Report, we argue that public officials have a strong self-interest in complying with GASB Statement 77 and in encouraging a smarter public debate over public spending priorities that will

Jun
27
2017

Subsidy Tracker Data Now Searchable Within More Than 10,000 Localities

Subsidy Tracker, the nation’s only public and free database of economic development incentive awards, today introduced a new feature that allows the user to display summary data for more than 10,000 different localities across the country. The summaries, like those previously provided for states, show subsidy totals and list the

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.