"...an outstanding, well-researched exposé."
—The Dallas Morning News
"LeRoy offers a parade of damning case studies showing why communities should not woo corporations with subsidies."
"... does the best job yet of exposing how business and state/local governments have checked into the No-Tell Motel together and how business has gained the advantage nearly every time."
—The Baltimore Sun (read the full article)
"LeRoy's new book is a brisk and breezy tour through these sweetheart deals. It includes enough examples to outrage free-market conservatives and anti-corporate liberals alike."
—Seattle Times (read the full article)
"Greg LeRoy has done an outstanding service by carefully documenting the scams and schemes that corporations use to collectively avoid paying $50 billion in taxes a year.... This is a book that every township supervisor, city councilor, and state legislator should read. So get one copy for yourself, get another for your mayor, and another for your state senator. They're going to need it."
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“Here is the secret history of our economic times, a tale of public larceny told plainly and painstakingly and also with a dash of mordant humor. Our erstwhile corporate benefactors have taken us all for a ride. This book is the first step on the long road back.”
—Thomas Frank, author of What’s the Matter With Kansas?
“LeRoy has his finger on the pulse of what's ailing American communities and destroying jobs and our environment in the process. More importantly, he offers clear, common sense solutions to fix the system. Companies like Wal-Mart aren’t going to want you to read this book, which is all the more reason why you should.”
—Carl Pope, Executive Director, Sierra Club
“Why aren’t we all getting rich on the gazillion jobs being created by corporate tax cuts? Because, as this book reveals, the system is rigged: corporations get huge subsidies while workers get trickle-down lip service.”
—Jim Hightower, author of Thieves in High Places and Let’s StopBeating Around the Bush
“This is the definitive Community Defense Manual for every citizen who wants to stop corporations from looting the public treasury and win real community economic development.”
—Chuck Collins, Senior Fellow, United for a Fair Economy, and coauthor of Economic Apartheid in America
“LeRoy’s provocative book reveals a story of billions of dollars of taxpayer subsidies paid out to corporations for job creation without any accountability as to whether those corporations deliver on their promises. An important wake-up call to all Americans.”
—Beth Shulman, author of The Betrayal of Work: How Low-Wage Jobs Fail Thirty Million Americans
“Greg LeRoy brings this arcane debate out of the shadows of economic theory by telling the stories of real businesses from across the United States. He draws on years of experience to suggest how subsidies can work better for American workers and for our communities.”
—Congressman Earl Blumenauer, founder and co-chair, U.S. House of Representatives Livable Communities Task Force
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