Subsidy Tracker

Subsidy Tracker Adds 17,000 New Records

We posted a new version of Subsidy Tracker, Good Jobs First’s database of company-specific subsidy awards from state and local governments across the country as well as federal agencies. During this round of updates, we added over 17,000 entries from 112 state and local programs from 28 states. We also updated the federal programs. We also added nine megadeals.

Subsidy Tracker Update is Now Available. Explore and Enjoy!

We spent this summer collecting data for the latest Subsidy Tracker update, which now is posted online and available to users. This update consists mostly of local data; however, we also added state data and four megadeals.

Subsidy Tracker Data Now Searchable Within More Than 10,000 Localities

Subsidy Tracker, the nation’s only public and free database of economic development incentive awards, today introduced a new feature that allows the user to display summary data for more than 10,000 different localities across the country. The summaries, like those previously provided for states, show subsidy totals and list the biggest recipient companies along with links to each individual entry. 

Locally Grown Low-Wage Jobs

Local economic development departments are so eager to fertilize job creation in their communities that they often grow low-wage jobs that are detrimental to their economic landscape. Too often, localities (cities or counties) provide funding to employers that promise to create jobs but fail to ask: Will these positions be full-time? Pay minimum-wage or a living-wage?


By Sarah Jaffe, July 9, 2015

The St. Louis-area campaign highlights the networks of powerful individuals who have a vested interest in maintaining the status quo


By Diane Cardwell, July 20, 2015

BUFFALO — Along a bend in the Buffalo River here, an enormous steel and concrete structure is rising, soon to house one of the country’s largest solar panel factories. Just to the south, in the rotting guts of the old Bethlehem Steel plant in Lackawanna, where a dozen wind turbines already harness the energy blowing off Lake Erie, workers are preparing to install a big new solar array.

Supported By a Megadeal, Volvo Choses South Carolina

Swedish automaker Volvo has chosen South Carolina over Georgia and North Carolina for its first car-making facility in the United States. A hefty subsidy package of more than $200 million helped the state close the deal.

Image result for washington journal c-span logo

Bill Scalan Interviews Good Jobs First Research Director Phil Mattera about Subsidy Tracker and Uncle Sam's Favorite Corporations April 6, 2015

Philip Mattera talked about his group’s report that detailed more than $68 billion in federal grants and tax credits awarded to U.S. corporations since 2000.

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!

Image result for reason magazine logo

By A. Barton Hinkle, March 30, 2015

America’s biggest welfare queen is someone you’ve probably never heard of. She’s Hispanic. She’s been living off other people’s hard-earned tax money for years. And she’s gotten rich doing it.