New Free Resources
Research Tools on Subsidies
Good Jobs First just launched some unique online resources, including the first national search engine for state economic development subsidies, allowing you to evaluate whether economic incentives are being used sensibly. The database includes data on subsidy amounts, recipients, the program and state agency involved, the location of the subsidized facility, and the employment impact of the subsidy.
Launched simultaneously, Accountable USA provides an overview of each state's track record on job subsidies. The data include key subsidy programs with descriptions, costs and the companies receiving financial assistance, case studies of large subsidy deals, and more. While productive subsidies serving public purposes exist, too often we find taxpayer-funded subsidies are extracted by large corporations, subverting fair market competition. See what's happening in your state!
This situation was worsened by the US Supreme Court's unfounded ruling in January that corporate officers enjoy a constitutional right to spend company funds to elect or defeat their preferred candidates election outcomes. AMIBA is a partner in Free Speech for People, one of two (along with Move to Amend) national coalitions aiming to overrule the Court.
Engaging Universities as Economic Development Engines
The Democracy Collaborative has long been the leader in engaging "anchor institutions" to advance innovative community development. Now, with The Road Half Traveled, they've created a remarkably thorough report on how universities can embrace their role as anchors to build community wealth. If you're working in a community with higher education institutions, don't miss this incredible resource (236 pp pdf).