Assemblyman V. Manuel Pérez published an Op-Ed in the Desert Sun that further clarifies his position on the Governor’s new Enterprise Zone proposal:
The economy is showing some signs of recovery and that progress is evident in the new revenues included in the governor’s May revise budget. But we still have a way to go to ensure recovery takes hold in all regions of the state. Therefore, we must ensure our budget solution does not widen regional disparities or limit opportunities in the post-recession economy.
Our success averting the elimination of the Enterprise Zone program reflects a coordinated effort by businesses, zone administrators, local government and others to raise awareness about the relevance of this local economic development program. I will continue to advocate for meaningful reform of the program, as I am concerned that the governor’s alternative proposal will seriously undermine the ability to create and retain jobs in struggling communities. Though the budget still assumes the elimination of RDA, I continue to work for reform so that communities will have the needed tools to redevelop blighted areas.
The only credible path is to strike a balance that protects necessary investments — including public schools, higher education and public safety — that support healthy communities. As I have said consistently, the final budget must be one that addresses the deficit responsibly through a combination of cuts and revenues, prioritizes jobs and economic recovery, includes structural reforms and respects rural equity.
I will continue to bring that point of view as we move into the committee process and work toward meeting the June 15 deadline.
Assemblyman V. Manuel Pérez, D-Coachella, represents the 80th Assembly District.