Press Releases


Washington, DC, January 20, 2010 -- Pennsylvania and six other states vying with one another to grow their high-tech economies will best succeed by focusing on their existing employers and shunning the “economic war among the states” involving costly tax-break competitions.

That’s the finding of a major study released today by Good Jobs First. Ohio, New Jersey, New York, Maryland, North Carolina and West Virginia are the states compared.


January 20, 2010

Perhaps the most obscure aspect of the $787 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act is how it seeks to expand bond programs for public infrastructure and private economic development projects.  A report released today by Good Jobs New York explains how the Recovery Act’s new and expanded bond programs are facilitating economic recovery and where opportunities exist for public input. The report is available at


Washington, DC, October 16, 2009  – Three non-profit organizations that have been tracking the Recovery Act today called for the Obama administration to overhaul its jobs data system before releasing its first large set of data on October 30th.

Based on what they called very disappointing data quality and presentation in the release of a very small amount of federal contracting data yesterday, OMB Watch, Good Jobs First, and the Economic Policy Institute said they are seeking to meet with officials at the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and the Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board (Recovery Board) to detail the groups’ complaints.


Washington, DC, July 29, 2009—While some states have created impressive websites to disseminate information about their share of the $787 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), most are failing to make effective use of online technology to educate taxpayers about the impact of economic stimulus spending. This is the finding of Show Us the Stimulus, a report released today by Good Jobs First, a non-profit research center based in Washington, DC.

The full text of the report as well as state-specific appendices can be found on the Good Jobs First website at


Washington, DC, November 20, 2008—As the incoming Obama administration and Congress seek ways to save money and make government more effective, a new study reveals that federal economic development incentive programs often lack safeguards that are widely embraced by states and localities. These accountability measures help to ensure that job creation incentives really pay off for workers, taxpayers, and the environment.

That is the key finding of “Uncle Sam’s Rusty Toolkit,” released today by Good Jobs First, together with the AFL-CIO, Change to Win, Green for All, the National Employment Law Project, and the Partnership for Working Families. The report is available at and was released at a press conference held by the six organizations at 10 a.m. today.