Buffalo Rising, June 21, 2011. Community, faith and labor leaders held rallies and press conferences in five cities around the state to protest the use of taxpayer dollars to subsidize projects that do not create good jobs or broader community benefits. As part of the statewide Getting Our Money's Worth campaign, advocates gathered at wasteful development projects in their local communities, highlighted a new report, Seizing the Moment: How Regional Economic Development Councils Can Build a Good Jobs Economy, and called on state leaders to create a good jobs plan that improves upon current economic development outcomes.
YNN Buffalo, By Ryan Burgess, June 21, 2011. A coalition called "Getting Our Money's Worth" is calling on lawmakers to find better ways to create more local jobs. YNN's Ryan Burgess tells us about the coalition's message to elected leaders for getting the job market back on track.
Sinovision, By Ruan Li, June 21, 2011. Video coverage of the rally and press conference for good jobs at the Queens Center Mall (in Chinese and English)
WNED, By Mike Desmond, June 20, 2011. An estimate is that New York spends $8 billion a year in various economic development subsidies, like hotels in Western New York and giant baseball stadiums in New York City. "We really don't have much economic development policy that's designed at restoring neighborhoods," said Sam Magavern, co-director of the Partnership for the Public Good, during a public forum yesterday.