District of Columbia

Some States Prove: American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Money Can Be Spent Well

Since stimulus funds started going out, Good Jobs First and other open government advocates have been pushing for greater transparency and accountability for how trillions in CARES Act and ARPA funds are being spent. Some states, we’ve noted, have made questionable if not outright poor choices.

By Abha Bhattarai Feb. 11, 2015


With $206 million in public subsidies, the Marriott Marquis opened its doors in the District last May with a promise that a majority of its staff would be D.C. residents for the first year.

By Mike DeBonis Feb. 11, 2015

The District government has recently taken some steps to make sure its economic development subsidies are well spent — requiring, for instance, a fiscal analysis for individual deals and a yearly report detailing their allocation — but it has a long way to go to match the accountability measures taken by other jurisdictions, a new report finds.