Covid Stimulus Watch

Covid Stimulus Watch Now Contains Recipient Data from the American Rescue Plan

Covid Stimulus Watch now includes recipient data from the 2021 American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). We’ve added more than 123,000 entries that amount to almost $8 billion across 15 ARPA programs.

One City Sets an Example for Tracking Local Pandemic Spending

The city of Syracuse, NY is one of the few smaller localities taking the time to track American Rescue Plan spending for its residents.

Sunshine Week: Transparency and Pandemic Spending

President Biden announced in this State of the Union Address that the Department of Justice will appoint a chief prosecutor responsible for investigating pandemic fraud.  

The Treasury’s Final Rule on Economic Development is Only a Win if it’s Enforced

The U.S. Treasury recently issued its final rule on the eligible uses of the American Rescue Plan Act’s (ARPA) Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Fund (CSLFRF). The guidelines also clarify what funds may not be used for. Notably, the Treasury said they can’t be used for general economic development purposes.

PPP Loan Forgiveness Disclosures Reveal Many Dubious Beneficiaries

The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), part of the original federal stimulus package, the CARES Act, was meant to keep workers on the job and small businesses alive during a time of financial uncertainty. But did it work? The answer to that may be unclear, but nearly all the loans - over 80% - have been forgiven.

How We Work to Eradicate Corporate Rule

Corporate subsidies drain billions from public schools. Companies fined billions by regulators – here and abroad. States hide billions in pandemic-relief… we’re on it! And we can do even more with your support.
Arlene here, wrapping up my first full year with Good Jobs First. I barely know where to start, so let’s dive in!

New Year’s Resolutions: Our Five Wishes for States’ ARPA Transparency

We can make New Year’s Resolutions for other people, right? Because I’m about to make some for the good people across the country who will continue spending about $500 billion in CARES Act and American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) money, well into 2022.

Rescue Plan Showers States and Localities with $350 Billion; Tax Cuts or Building Back Better?

In addition to aid like unemployment insurance and business loans, Uncle Sam is disbursing hundreds of billions to help the economy recover from impacts caused by a global pandemic and widespread economic shutdown. The Delta variant has sparked renewed hardships. 

Private Equity-Backed Companies Add to List of Unnecessary CARES Act Recipients

A new report from three government watchdog groups reveals a stunning figure: companies controlled by private equity firms received approximately $5.3 billion in federal CARES Act funding. Sadly, PE portfolios are not the only beneficiaries with deep pockets that got money from a relief package that was supposed to help small, struggling businesses and keep workers on the job.

Big Bucks, Vague Rules: States Fail to Disclose their CARES Act Spending

As part of the $2.2 trillion pandemic relief CARES Act enacted in spring 2020, states received $150 billion in general assistance via the Coronavirus Relief Fund. Within limits tied to the pandemic, the Relief Fund is meant to be flexible, and allowing states, U.S. territories, and tribal governments to direct money where it is most needed. So how is that money being spent? States have been inconsistent in reporting. One positive outlier: Alabama.