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Assemblyman V. Manuel Pérez Wants Enterprise Zone Compromise

This story about Enterprise Zones in the Desert Sun includes the following comments from Assemblyman V. Manuel Pérez:

Democrat-led proposals to streamline the zones could also put newly reelected Coachella Assemblyman V. Manuel Pérez at odds with his own party on the issue, even after he was recently appointed one of two Democratic whips. Pérez has called the zones a top priority in his final Assembly term.

Pérez, has introduced a new bill related to enterprise zones, Assembly Bill 28, that looks to revise the zones’ eligibility requirements (so they can only be located in low-income census tracks), limit how much the zones can expand their boundaries, and provide other measures that he said are aimed at making the program more affordable and less of a strain on the state.

After years of discussing what to do about the zones, “we want to put a close on this issue,” Pérez said Sunday. “Perhaps we might not see eye-to-eye,” he added, referring to other Democratic leaders in the Legislature, “but ultimately I think we could meet halfway. We’ll see what the budget developments are.”

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