The New York Times spent 10 months investigating business incentives awarded by hundreds of cities, counties and states. Since there is no nationwide accounting of these incentives, The Times put together a database and found that local governments give up:
$80.3 billion in incentives each year
1,874 No. of programs
State Money Flow
Choose a state on the map to see which companies receive the most money and which incentives programs are the most lucrative. The state that gives out the most incentives is Texas.
$100 Million Club
The Times identified 48 companies that have received more than $100 million in state grants since 2007. Some 5,000 other companies have received more than $1 million in recent years.