The Grassroots Collaborative has come out with a report that suggests levying a tax on suburbanites commuting downtown amongst other strategies to get people in Chicago neighborhoods working. According to the Chicago Sun-Times:
"Downtown Chicago gained 52,404 jobs in the decade ending in 2011, but only 25 percent of them were filled by city residents, according to a new study that proposes a commuter tax to level the playing field.
In a report called, “Downtown Prosperity, Neighborhood Neglect: Chicago’s Black and Latino Workers Left Behind,” the Grassroots Collaborative set out to determine who has benefitted from the hundreds of millions of dollars in tax-increment-financing (TIF) used to improve downtown infrastructure and subsidize business relocation.
They concluded that jobs created by TIF projects “should more accurately be called `job transfers,’ because only 25 percent of the 52,404 downtown jobs added were filled by Chicagoans.
From 2002 through 2011, Chicago added 129,054 new jobs with annual salaries of at least $40,000, but lost 182,983 jobs that paid less. Chicago neighborhoods lost 10,121 jobs during the same period."