Every year, federal, state, and local governments spend nearly $2 trillion of our public tax dollars to purchase goods and services—everything from buses and bridges to hard hats and paper clips. This is public purchasing, and it keeps our communities and the country running year-round.
Now, imagine if these trillions of dollars went further. Imagine if every one of those dollars also contributed to creating good jobs in communities that need them most. Imagine if our public dollars also tackled racial and socio-economic injustices, countered climate change, and helped build community power.
That’s our vision, and we’re working to make it happen.
Cities and states use our public dollars to purchase goods and services by entering into contracts with private companies. But typically, there is nothing in these contracts that holds companies and manufacturers accountable for creating good jobs—the kind of jobs that support working families.
Research shows that the $2 trillion we spend on public purchasing each year could create up to 20 million good jobs if cities and states embraced our model of “public goods for the most public good.”
Jobs to Move America has developed a framework that empowers cities, states, and public agencies to harness their public purchasing power to create good jobs and advance racial, gender, and climate equity across the country. We work on research, policy advocacy, and community campaigns that all revolve around our idea of “public goods for the most public good.”
We have created policy tools that make sure communities and workers reap benefits from the billions of public dollars we invest in infrastructure. From Los Angeles to New York, thousands of workers have benefitted from our work. We’ve played a pivotal role in getting rail and bus companies to build factories and create hundreds of good jobs in California, Illinois, and Massachusetts. And we’re just getting started.
Now is the time for public officials to use their power and influence to create good jobs, advance equity, and curb climate change. We can rebuild our infrastructure and our communities if we make our public goods work for the most public good.