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NPR/WUFT, July 1, 2020
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Why there’s little sunshine on many economic development deals in Florida — and beyond

In Los Angeles, transparency proved to be important for an economic development deal and contract between the city’s transit authority and a bus manufacturer. But it took a court battle to reveal the details to the public.

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Recovery from COVID-19? Not without real public oversight

California lawmakers will soon oversee billions of stimulus dollars and pass a state-level recovery package. But a loophole in the state’s public records law is preventing workers and communities from real recovery.

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Sunshine in California Public Contracts

We're fighting to bring transparency to public contracts in California.

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Legal, but despicable: Employers looking to cash in on stimulus checks

Corporate employers are pursuing nefarious tactics to cash in on the stimulus checks people receive from the federal government by docking workers’ pay.

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Alabama Political Reporter, April 2, 2020
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Turning the tide on corporate giveaways in the South

Jobs to Move America is building a research-action program, headquartered in Birmingham, to win sunshine and accountability policies in the South.

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Corporate giveaways gutted the South’s safety net, recovering from COVID-19 requires rebuilding it

Alabama gives away billions of public dollars to corporations, often with no strings attached. Our new research-action program is organizing for a better deal for Southern workers and communities.

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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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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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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.