Property Taxes

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

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

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!

JPMorgan Chase Abandons $1 billion NYC Subsidy Effort

When The New York Times reported that JPMorgan Chase was seeking close to a billion dollars in incentives to build a new trophy h

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.

Tesla: New Technology, Same Old Subsidy Charade

Tesla Motor’s shameful subsidy competition for its battery factory is wrapping up to a close in a state known for big gambling.  The Nevada Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) announced last week it had assembled a breathtaking package for the proposed “Gigafactory” totaling as much as $1.3

$2.6 Billion Spent on Cleaning Up DC Rivers Must Address Local Job Creation

SinkorSwim_WebBoxOver the next decade, DC Water will use a regressive Impervious Area Charge (IAC) to fund $2.6 billion in needed water infrastructure investments.

New Jersey's Revel Casino May Fold

Revel CasinoNew Jersey’s embattled Revel Casino received more bad news this week.   State Senate President Stephen Sweeney has called on the Division of Gaming Enforceme

Striking Chicago Teachers Highlight TIF

This past week, the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) strike has been making national headlines.

Abatements and TIF: Worse Than Ever for Schools

A study just released by the Census Bureau helps explain why property tax abatements and TIF are growing issues for people who care about public education.