Report: VT, NY One of the Top States to Disclose Development Deals

By Joe Gullo

Published 01/29 2014 01:07PM

Updated 01/29 2014 01:23PM

WASHINGTON - A report, Show Us the Subsidized Jobs, by Good Jobs First highlights the transparency of state disclosures of development deals.

A press release says states were rated on 246 state economic development programs, including disclosure of online information, company specific award amounts, job creation, wage-rate figures, geographical location of subsidized facilities, and details on the recipient company and project.

“Aside from a handful of holdouts, state governments now accept the idea that the public has a right to easy access to data about which companies are receiving taxpayer-funded job subsidies.” said Good Jobs First executive director Greg LeRoy. “But with unemployment still high, Americans need to know how many jobs and what kind of wages and benefits their taxpayer investments are generating.”

Vermont ranked 5th in the report, New York 8th, and New Hampshire 40th. All but four states disclosed this type of information.

Vermont was one of six states to provide consistent online recipient reporting for all key programs. The other states included Maryland, Michigan, North Carolina, Washington, and Wisconsin.

A press release says each program was rated on a scale of 0 to 100. The program scores for each state were averaged to derive the state scores.

Here are the full rankings from the report:

Good Jobs First is a a non-profit, non-partisan research center based in Washington, DC.

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