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ALIGN: The Alliance for a Greater New York is hosting its annual Movement Builders Awards this evening, April 25 at 6 pm. The event is a celebration of leaders from labor, community and business who have been instrumental in building a movement for a more equitable economy, a more accountable democracy and a more sustainable environment for all New Yorkers.

Advocates Take Tax Break Case to State

More than a dozen elected officials, community, labor, and advocacy organizations sent a letter today to the Authorities Budget Office requesting an investigation of a tax break deal between the County of Monroe Industrial Development Agency (COMIDA) and Ward’s Natural Science, a division of VWR Educational LLC.

New National Report Ranks New York 45th in Taxpayer Protection for Development Dollars

A new report analyzing the performance standards and enforcement policies of the states’ major economic development programs was released today by Good Jobs First, a non-profit, non-partisan research center based in Washington, DC. The study, Money-Back Guarantees for Taxpayers: Clawbacks and Other Enforcement Safeguards in State Economic Development Subsidy Programs, shows that most states are highly inconsistent in how they monitor, verify and enforce the terms of job subsidies that cost taxpayers billions of dollars per year. New York State had one of the poorest track records, receiving a score of D+ and ranking 45th out of the 50 states plus the District of Columbia.

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