March 28, 2018. Good government groups are staying optimistic about getting the “database of deals” included in the state budget to bring more transparency to economic development. Both one-house budget bills included some form of the database, which would track the companies getting tax breaks or other benefits, the number of jobs expected, and whether key benchmarks are being met. A lot of that information is already available, but only if you know where to look. And MRCH guests argue that the opaqueness of the current system allows for corruption. Joining us to explain more are Dave Friedfel of the Citizens Budget Commission, Alex Camarda of Reinvent Albany and Ron Deutsch of the Fiscal Policy Institute.
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