Public schools struggle as corporations receive tax abatements

Over the past few decades, many public schools have lost a portion of their funding. While some of the lost revenue can be attributed to charter school vouchers, a recent study revealed public school districts lost $2.37 billion from tax abatements.

Good Jobs First has been closely monitoring this issue and is shining light on it. Good Jobs First Project Coordinator Christine Wen broke the study down and discussed why this is happening on America’s Work Force Union Podcast. She also discussed how the money can be better used. Continue reading

New stimulus package promises aid to businesses and individuals

With the announcement of a second COVID-19 stimulus package, some are wondering who will be helped, how this package is different from the first and what has been done to fix issues with the first package.

Good Jobs First Research Analyst Mellissa Chang joined America’s Work Force Union Podcast to explain how Good Jobs First analyzed the first stimulus package and how this new package differs. Continue reading

Ohio AFL-CIO President Discusses HEROES Act

Ohio AFL-CIO President, Tim Burga spoke with America’s Work Force Radio Podcast on July 7 about the HEROES Act and why there is a big push to get it passed. Continue reading

Corporate Misconduct Discussed on America’s Work Force

Phil Mattera, research director and the director of the Corporate Research Project with Good Jobs First spoke with America’s Work Force on Jan. 27 about a research article examining corporations breaking conduct codes. Continue reading

America’s Work Force Radio Topic: Economic Development Incentives Hurt Public Schools

The topic of economic development incentives hurting public schools was discussed on the Dec. 5 edition of America’s Work Force Radio.

Greg LeRoy Good Jobs FirstGreg LeRoy, Executive Director of Good Jobs First, spoke about school subsidies in different states. He said corporations throughout the country are given subsidies. Often times, businesses receive taxpayer money to move, remain in a certain geographical area or help the company expand. Last year, LeRoy said schools throughout the country combined to lose over $1.8 billion due to economic development tax incentives given to corporations. He argued this money should be invested into hiring more teachers, which in turn, would lower class sizes and make for a better learning environment. LeRoy explained the actual cost per job of the Amazon H2 headquarters economic development agreements.

Carolyn Lookabill American SeniorCarolyn Lookabill, from Providence Home Healthcare, which provides management for senior living facilities, joined AWF and talked about the increase in use of technology by people age 60 or older. She said a larger portion of the senior population now uses technology, which includes medical equipment capable of sending real-time information, such as heart rate, respiration rate, blood pressure, etc., to their physicians, who can monitor the data and keep their patients safe. She also discussed the advancement in technology available to caregivers, which is designed to improve the quality of life for the people they are providing care.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc talked about the General Motors Lordstown plant and the lame duck session of Congress.


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