The Sacramento Business Journal examines the recent regulatory limitations GO-Biz has placed on consulting fees:
Is the Brown administration hurting California by banning commissions for consultants who help companies win tax credits? Some consultants themselves disagree on that question.
In August, the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development prohibited site-selection consultants from taking a percentage of the California Competes tax credit, a tax break given to businesses planning on locating or expanding in the state.
Some consultants say the move will hurt the state.
“It will make California less competitive, because companies that cannot afford to pay consultants are going to look to states where consultants can operate under those needs,” said Tom Stringer, a site selection consultant for Ryan LLC, a Dallas-based firm.
Ryan sued GO-Biz shortly after the agency implemented the tax credit ban, alleging the prohibition violates the state of California constitution.
GO-Biz declined to comment for this story. But some industry practitioners praise the governor for attempting to reverse a rising pay-to-play trend that creates a conflict of interest for consultants. Critics of the practice argue it creates an incentive for consultants to recommend that companies move to regions where they cannot thrive.
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