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Variety: Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti Calls Need for Film Tax Credits an “Emergency”

Variety has an extensive piece on the new Los Angeles Mayor’s push to increase tax incentives for the film industry. Mayor Garcetti is concerned that California’s current tax credit programs are much smaller than those in other states and that as a result, film productions are declining in the state. Variety reports: The California Film […]

Enterprise Zones Call to Action

Advocates of the Enterprise Zone program are calling on the public to make their voices heard in the Capitol: Dear Enterprise Zone Supporter, The Governor’s May Revise would effectively eliminate the Enterprise Zone program as we know it—so now it is more important than ever to remind the Governor and Legislature how critical this program […]

May Revise Proposal on Enterprise Zones (Part 3 – Audio of Anna Matosantos)

After the Governor left the press conference, Director of Finance Anna Matosantos took over. She was also asked about the proposed changes to the Enterprise Zone program. The following is the audio of her response: Finance Director’s Answer to Enterprise Zone Question at May Revise Press Conference from Max Shenker on Vimeo. She also is […]

Governor’s May Revise Proposal on Enterprise Zones (Part 2 – Audio)

Here is a clip of the audio from the Governor’s press conference on the May Revise Budget proposal where the Governor answer’s a question about his proposal on Enterprise Zones. The Governor doesn’t supply any real details, but does repeat some of the talking points opponents of the program have been using: Governor’s Answer to […]

Governor’s May Revise Proposal on Enterprise Zones (Part 1)

Not all of the details are available yet, only a summary document has been released. Page 68 of that document summarizes the Governor’s proposal for the Enterprise Zones: The May Revision proposes to modernize the state’s job creation and economic development incentives. Created over 25 years ago, the Enterprise Zone program should be reshaped to […]

Steinberg, Pérez Announce Clean Energy Jobs Initiative

Here is the YouTube video of the press conference:

NY Senator Gillibrand to Propose Legislation for Permanent Federal Research and Development Tax Credit

From the Albany Times-Union: U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand will propose expanding, simplifying and making permanent the federal Research and Development Tax Credit, during a news conference Friday afternoon at Watervliet Arsenal Business & Technology Partnership. She will be joined by U.S. Rep. Paul Tonko, Albany County Executive Michael Breslin, and Alain Kaloyeros, CEO of the […]

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All new blog posting will be appearing immediately on Twitter so you don’t have to wait for your once-a-day email to get all of the updates. But not all “tweets” will appear in the blog, so to make sure you are fully connected to whatever is happening in the California Enterprise Zone Universe, be sure […]

Good Overview in the S.F. Chronicle

From the San Francisco Chronicle: Max Shenker, a vice president with the Tax Credit Co. in Los Angeles and publisher of, says the proposal itself is already creating uncertainty and could cause companies to delay or cancel investments. “These zones are created with 15-year timelines. Local governments and businesses make decisions based on these […]

FTB “Tax News” January 2011

Here is the first edition of the FTB’s “Tax News” newsletter for 2011. Of note is an item under “Tax Benefits for Employers” discussing the relationship between benefits under the federal HIRE Act and Enterprise Zone credits: The employer is not required to reduce salary expenses by the amount of the new hire retention credit. […]

The Restaurant Standard Highlights Zone Benefits

In the October/November 2010 issue of The Restaurant Standard, Angelica Pappas writes an article that brings attention to the California Enterprise Zone program. The article highlights the benefits of the program, but also cites that “less than 10 percent of qualifying businesses take advantage of the program.” Interviews with Craig Johnson, President of the California […]

Lindsay Enterprise Zone Expires Today

The Lindsay Enterprise Zone expires today, October 5, 2010. The Sequoia Valley Enterprise Zone, which encompasses Lindsay, received conditional designation on August 19, 2009.

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John Perez Sworn in

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Now For the Republican Jobs Package

From the Republican Caucus Web Site: Stop California Jobs from Fleeing While the Democrat so-called jobs proposal fall silent on addressing the hemorrhaging of California jobs, Senate Republicans continue to introduce meaningful measures. Implementation of AB 32, Cap-and-Trade (SB 8x 49 Dutton) Puts a halt to the state version of cap-and-trade – an idea that […]

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