Posts Tagged Jobs

Apr
1
2015

Good Jobs First: Open for Business!

cash-flowIn our quest for revenue diversification, Good Jobs First is pleased to announce that we are Open for Business!

Mar
26
2015

Chicago Mayor’s Proposed Tax-Free Zones No Policy Panacea

As early voting begins in the Chicago mayoral runoff election, incumbent Rahm Emanuel has

Feb
19
2015

Astonishing Failure Rate Found in Major North Carolina Subsidy Program

Every time a company is approved by the North Carolina Commerce Department for a Job Development Investment GrantPICKING LOSERS Cover

Feb
11
2015

Report: District of Columbia Job Subsidy Practices In Need of Improvement; Lag Behind Nearby Jurisdictions

 

Washington, DC—Despite the District of Columbia embracing four leading best practices, other basic economic development standards and safeguards remain absent.

WebBox_ABetterDealfortheDistrict_FINAL_Feb6Broadly, the District has four major shortfalls:

  • failure to set job creation and job quality standards,
  • lax reporting on project outcomes,
  • failure to enforce existing standards, and
  • the need for an online transparency database.

The report is available at:

http://www.goodjobsfirst.org/ABetterDealForTheDistrict

Despite such shortcomings, experience shows that the District can rapidly change course. For example, recent enhancements raised D.C.’s ranking on job subsidy transparency from dead last to 26th among the states in a 2014 Good Jobs First national report card study.

Oct
7
2014

GASB Finally Prepares to Step Up! And Who is GASB, You Ask?

For many years, we at Good Jobs First have criticized GASB—the Governmental Accounting Standards Board, or “GAZ-bee”— for failing to require state and local governments to disclose economic development subsidy spending in a uniform way.

It appears that’s finally about to change, and if it does, it will be hard to overstate the significance of the news.