Good Jobs First Subsidy News


Bar chart showing how much Philadelphia schools lost to corporate tax abatements, $112 million compared to $61 million two years earlier. Source: Good Jobs First

The Philadelphia Inquirer wrote about a new Good Jobs First report that found no school district in the country lost more revenue to corporate tax abatements than Philadelphia schools.


"While plowing his way through records from various government regulators to compile a dossier on actions taken by agencies against the Fortune 500, (Good Jobs First Research Director Philip) Mattera had an idea: What if he could build a central source for the information?"


Bloomberg CityLab wrote about our new study, "Abating Our Future: How Students Pay for Corporate Tax Breaks."
“Anybody understands that companies go where the talent is. Instead, we normalize that cities can bribe companies," said Queens Assemblymember Ron T. Kim, who fought against Amazon HQ2.


Over the past two decades, state regulatory agencies and attorneys general have brought more than 50,000 enforcement actions against private sector entities for violations of clean air, clean water and other environmental laws--collecting more than $20 billion in fines, settlements and other payments.


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.