South Carolina Joins Subsidy Tracker


South Carolina has become the 48th state to be represented in Subsidy Tracker, the Good Jobs First database of company-specific economic development subsidy awards. That leaves only Mississippi and Nevada with no entries, but we are working to rectify that through requests for unpublished data (neither state has any online disclosure). Subsidy Tracker now contains more than 121,000 awards from 308 programs in those 48 states and the District of Columbia.

Until recently we thought that South Carolina was also a non-disclosure state, but my colleague Kasia Tarczynska discovered online postings of some obscure reports produced by the state’s commerce department for the state legislature. The reports—annual summaries of enterprise zone activity—list which companies have gotten approval for their “revitalization agreements” in connection with the Job Development Credit Program. They also list the same for the Job Retraining Credit Program. Unfortunately, the lists do not include the size of the credits each company is receiving, though in the case of the retraining credits they include the number of workers eligible for the retraining.

We have also continued our quest for both published and unpublished information for other programs. Here are the latest datasets we have obtained:

– Colorado: Colorado First Training Program (FY2010-FY2011)
– Colorado: Existing Industry Training Program (FY2010-FY2011)
– Delaware: Blue Collar Training Grant (1997 to Jan 2012)
– Kansas: Kansas Economic Opportunity Initiatives Fund (2007-2012)
– Minnesota: Minnesota Investment Fund (2007-2011)
– Missouri: Chapter 100 Industrial Revenue Bonds (2009-2011)
– South Carolina: Enterprise Zone Job Development Credit (2005-2007; 2009-2010)
– South Carolina: Enterprise Zone Job Retraining Credit (2005-2007; 2009-2010)
– Virginia: Virginia Jobs Investment Program (FY2009-FY2011)
– Washington: Job Skills Program (FY2009-FY2011)

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– Iowa: Research Activities Credit (now 2009-2011)
– Maine: Business Equipment Tax Reimbursement Program (now FY2009-FY2011)
– Missouri: Quality Jobs Program (now 2000-2011)

One Response to “South Carolina Joins Subsidy Tracker”

  1. Brent Pittman Says:

    Both the Republican and Democrat parties are going in the wrong direction. To SAVE the US entrepreneurial ranking, credit rating, stock market, the $, Medicare, Social Security, Medicaid and the police, fire, k-12 public school, library, military, defense and homeland security budgets while CUTTING government spending, debt and present tax rates without causing inflation or high interest rates; both State and Federal parties would be winners if they would compromise with the following strategies:

    Create good paying American jobs with good benefits for American citizens by repealing all sales taxes and replace the lost revenue with an import tax/tariff on imported labor (India) & manufactured goods (Mexico and Communist China, North Korea & Vietnam). Repeal IN tax cuts for corporate/business income(25%), inventory, property and inheritance. Increase the federal income tax deduction from $5700 (2010) to $15000 for American citizens. Increase the IN state income tax exemption for non-dependent adults from $1000 to $5000, up to $15,000; depending on disabilities and age. All standard deductions and exemptions should be adjusted for inflation. Collect an export tax on natural resources/commodities such as coal, oil, natural gas & grains.

    Repeal all wealthy individual, business and new development/construction tax incentives such as tax abatement, tax increment financing, grants, deductions, credits, tax free bonds, earmarks, loopholes and other corporate welfare that are shifting business costs and taxes to other taxpayers, exporting American jobs or creating poverty wage American jobs. OR, require these corporate welfare kings to pay a living wage, minimum wage of $15/hour with good benefits; adjusted for inflation. Repeal IN “right to work legislation”. Collect mandatory impact fees (IN code: 36-7-4-1300, only infrastructure today); but, expand the code to collect impact fees for schools, libraries, parks, police and fire. Search for Brent Pittman Brownsburg, IN at, and for more information and details.

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