Good Jobs First Subsidy News
A new report shows how little residents in Alabama are getting for opening up their wallets to corporations that promise economic prosperity. In the community of Anniston, Alabama A&M University Researcher Emily Erickson found jobs created paid little, were unsafe and offered fewer opportunities for Black people, who already earn significantly less than White people in the community.
Using Violation Tracker, a new report shows people who earn low wages are also far more likely to encounter dangerous or illegal conditions.
With the help of Good Jobs First's Violation Tracker, The Sacto Politico found that during the 2019-20 election cycle, "California’s 53-member delegation to the U.S. House accepted $14.6 million in campaign donations from 420 heavily fined parent corporations and subsidiaries."
Under Armour's proposed headquarters, part of a massive 235-acre development along Baltimore's waterfront, is drawing fresh criticism as it moves to break ground -- skeptics wonder if it will leave residents on the hook to pay for debt service if its fails to meet sky-high expectations.
Good Jobs First started in 1998 to track economic development incentives and push for better government and corporate accountability. Blue Tent profiled the organization, which in 2020 launched Covid Stimulus Watch to track pandemic-related spending. It's one of four major databases GJF runs. "Disclosure is crucial to reform," Executive Director Greg LeRoy says.