Jan. 29 Report Will Rank States on Development Incentive Transparency
Good Jobs First will issue a major 50-states-plus D.C. study on January 29. It will grade the states’ major economic development incentive programs on how well or poorly they disclose online company-specific deals, including costs (dollar value), benefits (jobs and wages) and project details (addresses, contracts, company data).
The report will provide a new set of links to official disclosure websites as well as detailed score cards for each major state program.
“We have very mixed findings when it comes to the quantity and quality of job-subsidy data,” said Jobs First executive director Greg LeRoy. “With unemployment still high, taxpayers have the right to know where their money is going and what results they are getting in jobs and wages.”
The study will be posted at www.goodjobsfirst.org early on January 29 and detailed at a tele-press conference:
What: Show Us the Subsidized Jobs: An Evaluation of State Government Online Disclosure of Economic Development Subsidy Awards and Outcomes
When: Wednesday, January 29, 2014, 1 p.m. Eastern
Who: Philip Mattera, research director of Good Jobs First and principal author of the study
Good Jobs First is a non-profit, non-partisan resource center promoting government and corporate accountability in economic development. Founded in 1998, it is headquartered in Washington, DC.
Contact: Philip Mattera 202-232-1616 x 212