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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.

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Court orders largest bus manufacturer in North America to pay public interest group $170,000 in attorney’s fees

Los Angeles—The Los Angeles Superior Court has ordered the multi-billion dollar Canadian-based bus manufacturer New Flyer Industries Inc. to pay public interest organization Jobs to Move America $170,000 in attorney’s fees. This is the latest development in a court battle

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Open government groups win court ruling that government contractors can’t hide information about the jobs they create

A coalition of open government organizations led by Jobs to Move America recently won a decision by the Los Angeles Superior Court (case #BC621090) that information related to jobs promises in a Los Angeles Metro contract with Canadian

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November 16, 2020
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Public contracts shrouded in secrecy

The trade secret exemption “absolutely eviscerates the public records law,” said Madeline Janis, executive director of Jobs to Move America. “Companies claim that everything is a trade secret, everything is proprietary. If communities and workers can’t get the information, how

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Protest denounces broken promises by BYD Motors, Inc., Chinese electric bus manufacturer to taxpayers of LA

On Tuesday, December 1, 2015, Jobs to Move America protested outside the headquarters of BYD Motors, Inc., a Chinese electric bus company (1800 S. Figueroa St., Los Angeles, CA 90015) to denounce the failure of BYD to create promised living