Group: State taxpayers left in dark on industrial incentives

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October 02 2021 06:00 pm

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — An advocacy group says Alabama hands out millions in industrial incentives, but taxpayers are too often left in the dark about the deals and what the state is getting in return.

Jobs to Move America, a worker advocacy nonprofit, released a report Tuesday saying Alabama does a poor job in disclosing information about incentives.

Patricia Todd, a former Democratic legislator who wrote the report, said the group is not against incentives but said there should be more disclosure.

Commerce Secretary Greg Canfield defended the state’s disclosure in a response to the report, saying incentives are important for job creation.

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