California

How Corporate Subsidies are Being “Hidden” by Local Governments

by Jennifer Morgan

Tracking how states provide incentives for economic development sometimes can be as simple as searching their online reporting platform. Localities, however, often make it difficult to find information on their subsidy recipients. They either require this data be accessed through an open records request, which is burdensome, or they bounce the request from department to department, and eventually decline to disclose.

Amazon’s 100,000-Job Claim: Will Taxpayers Bankroll Retail Job Churn?

January 18, 2017--Amazon last week announced it will “create” 100,000 jobs as it rolls out Same-Day Delivery to customers throughout the country. While it’s great publicity after the company received negative tweets from the President-elect, taxpayer shouldn’t be fooled into thinking this represents net job creation in retailing.

06/25/2015

By Emily Foxhall and Hugo Martin, June 26, 2015

A little-known pact that for years has spared Walt Disney Co. from paying entertainment tax on its Anaheim amusement parks may be extended for three decades if the entertainment giant agrees to invest at least $1 billion in its resort properties in the coming years.

Los Angeles Times Stirs Debate: Elon Musk’s Use of Subsidies at Tesla, SpaceX, and SolarCity

05/29/2015

By Jerry Hirsch May 30, 2015

Los Angeles entrepreneur Elon Musk has built a multibillion-dollar fortune running companies that make electric cars, sell solar panels and launch rockets into space.

And he's built those companies with the help of billions in government subsidies.

05/28/2015

By Tiffany Hsu and Jerry Hirsh May 29, 2015

Some experts say the loss of corporate headquarters rob the region of prestige

By Chris Kirkham, Tiffany Hsu April 14, 2015

Florida Gov. Rick Scott is the latest out-of-state politician on a job-stealing tour of California, bashing the state's taxes and business regulation.

2014: A Landmark Year for Subsidy Accountability

Two-thousand fourteen was a banner year for our movement, hands down. The first move to require standardized subsidy-cost reporting! The first half of a legally-binding two-state cease fire deal! The first state ban on tax-break commissions! A big surge found in state disclosure of subsidies! Big improvements to our Subsidy Tracker, enabling first-ever mash-ups!

By Emily Badger Sept. 15, 2014

Tesla announced earlier this month that it's planning to build a $5 billion lithium battery factory just outside of Reno, which sounds good for Nevada and bad for losing bidders California, Texas, Arizona and New Mexico. So how did Nevada beat out so many competitors?

Tesla, We Have Questions

For Immediate Release September 4, 2014

Contacts: Bob Fulkerson bfulkerson@planevada.org 775-348-7557

Greg LeRoy goodjobs@goodjobsfirst.org 202-232-1616 x 211