Tracking More Subsidies in California, Texas and Michigan

August 6, 2012

Subsidy Tracker

, the Good Jobs First database of economic development subsidy awards, has just grown by more than 40 percent and now has more than 224,000 entries from 356 programs.

Most of the increase comes from a list of more than 60,000 businesses in Los Angeles currently enjoying exemptions from the city’s gross receipts tax. We obtained the previously unpublished data from the city’s Office of Finance as part of our effort to expand Tracker’s coverage of local subsidy programs.

Also included in the latest additions are local property tax abatement data from Texas counties for the period 2000-2009 assembled by the state comptroller. From officials in Dallas we obtained unpublished listings of tax increment financing deals as well as grants and loans under the city’s Public/Private Partnership Program.

Finally, the latest additions include the Industrial Facilities Property Tax Exemptions awarded by localities throughout Michigan for the period from 2007 to 2011.