Governor Brown made a much publicized visit to the new Amazon fulfillment center in San Bernardino which was constructed specifically in the Enterprise Zone before the Governor managed to eliminate that program.
A number of news sources are reporting how San Bernardino Mayor Patrick Morris specifically mentioned the loss of the Enterprise Zone program and called on the Governor to designate his area as one of five “pilot areas” for the new employment credit. From the Press-Enterprise:
“We still need you,” San Bernardino Mayor Patrick Morris told Brown. “This city still has a 14.5 percent unemployment rate — probably, actually, it’s quite a bit higher. That’s the reportable rate. We lost enterprise zones, we have lost redevelopment,” he said.
The mayor than pulled out a prop, a golf driver, and noted that the property for the Amazon center was on part of the old air base’s golf course.
He presented the club to Brown, saying San Bernardino wanted to benefit from the state’s Office of Business and Economic Development’s GO-Biz projects.
“Those us in this region desperately need your enterprise…we want to be in the middle of this,” he said as presented the club to Brown, which had a hand-drawn sheet of paper with “GoBiz” written on it, with a smiley face in “o.”
The pilot areas will enable businesses to claim a tax credit on wages paid to qualified employees above $10 per hour as opposed to other areas in which only wages above 150% of the minimum wage will be subject to the credit.
The following is a video of most of the reported exchange: