Job Quality Standards

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:

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.

New Jersey Subsidy Overhaul Scraps Cost Controls and Accountability

Fallout from Hurricane Sandy and this month’s tragic boardwalk fire are not the only costs that New Jersey taxpayers will face in the coming years

Terms of Engagement After Sandy

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UPDATED Hurricane Sandy Recovery Dollars--How to Make Them Count

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New Model Legislation from Good Jobs First

Washington, DC, October 10, 2012 -- Good Jobs First today released an updated version of its model state legislation to make economic development subsidy programs more accountable and effective. It can be found at:


Living Wage Bill passes in the Big Apple

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