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Author Garofalo, Pat, author.

Title The billionaire boondoggle : how our politicians let corporations and bigwigs steal our money and jobs / Pat Garofalo.

Publication Info. New York, NY : Thomas Dunne Books, an imprint of St. Martin's Press, 2019.


Location Call No. Status
 Enfield, Main Library - Adult Department  322.309 GAR    Check Shelf
 Glastonbury, Welles-Turner Memorial Library - Adult Department  322 GAROFALO    Check Shelf
 Manchester, Main Library - Non Fiction  322.30973 GAROFALO    Check Shelf
 New Britain, Main Library - Non Fiction  322.3097 GAR    Check Shelf
 Newington, Lucy Robbins Welles Library - Adult Department  322.3 GAROFALO    Check Shelf
 Wethersfield Public Library - Non Fiction  322.3097 GAROFALO    Check Shelf
Edition First edition.
Description 278 pages ; 25 cm
Summary "The first comprehensive look at how politicians let the entertainment industry bilk taxpayers, hijack public policy and hurt economic investment, starting and ending with Trump. It is widely believed, that a city in possession of a fortune must be in want of a partner who will drive economic development and thus be worth a substantial dowry of tax abatements, subsidies, and grants. These partners always prove faithless, though, especially when it comes to the entertainment industry. Never date an actor, as they say. From stadiums and movie productions to casinos and mega-malls to convention centers and hotels, cities and states have paid out billions of dollars to the world's corporate titans in an attempt to boost their economies, create new and better jobs, and lure well-known events such as the Olympics and the Super Bowl to within their borders, not to mention give officials a chance to have their pictures taken with celebrities. That Big Entertainment drives bigger economies is a myth, however, one that has nonetheless permeated every facet of policy making despite the overwhelming evidence that it results in a raw deal for the taxpaying public. In The Billionaire Boondoggle, Garofalo takes readers on a tour of publically-subsidized corporate America to explain how that myth came to be, how much money America's elected officials throw away, and why courting Big Entertainment just courts disaster"-- Provided by publisher.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents The Blockbuster scam : how Hollywood is ripping you off -- Have a good night's sleep on us -- "Alexa, can I have a job, please?" -- Don't go for gold : it's a waste to host the Olympics or the World Cup -- Foolish games : why lotteries and casinos are a bad bet -- The stadium swindle -- Don't go shopping for big retail -- The mythology of the corporate tax.
Subject Business and politics -- United States.
Corporations -- Political aspects -- United States.
Political corruption -- United States.
Tax remission -- United States.
Subsidies -- United States.
Business and politics. (OCoLC)fst00842401
Corporations -- Political aspects. (OCoLC)fst00879902
Political corruption. (OCoLC)fst01069240
Subsidies. (OCoLC)fst01136736
Tax remission. (OCoLC)fst01143833
United States. (OCoLC)fst01204155
ISBN 9781250162335 (hardcover)
1250162335 (hardcover)
9781250162342 (electronic book)
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