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Column: Public officials should say ‘no’ to economic incentives that don’t advance the public good

Across the United States, enormous public resources are given to manufacturing companies that often make grand promises but actually eliminate or undercut good American jobs.

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The Power of Inclusive Procurement

How can inclusive procurement help create a fairer economy and healthier environment? Find out in our "Power of Inclusive Procurement" -- filled with tips and suggestions for how to bring inclusive procurement to your community.

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February 7, 2020
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‘American Factory’: Taxpayers shouldn’t subsidize worker mistreatment

We should not be doling out taxpayer gifts to companies that don’t meet basic standards like fair wages and safe working conditions.

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January 23, 2020
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LA Sanitation commits to 100 percent electric fleet by 2035

LA Sanitation becomes the first municipality to commit to all-electric fleets.

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This California bill is a win for communities and transparency

If Amazon came to your city promising to create 50,000 jobs in exchange for over a billion dollars in dollars in tax credits and grants, could you easily access records verifying the existence of those jobs?

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New report: Clean air and good jobs are achievable if cities and states plan for it

As policymakers and communities struggle with questions about how to clean our air and protect and create new jobs, a respected scientist from Jobs to Move America released a new report today, “Transforming Transit, Realizing Opportunity” that shows how those

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How to operationalize a just transition

We already have a strong policy mechanism — public purchasing — that can deliver on core aspects of Green New Deal and lift up working people across the country.

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Column: What is a good economic development deal? Not the New York Amazon one.

All of this soul searching by New Yorkers brings up a bigger question for the rest of the country: what makes a taxpayer-supported economic deal “good?”

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The History of Privatization

This article from Talking Points Memo, by Donald Cohen of In the Public Interest, explores the history of privatization and the four decade attack on government.

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California Air Resources Board commits to zero emission buses and job creation in new rule

Los Angeles – The California Air Resources Board voted on Friday to mandate that all transit agencies in California operate 100 percent zero emission transit buses by 2040, and to use this transition to invest in workforce development training programs