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LAO Criticizes Enterprise Zones at Budget Briefing

Governor elect Jerry Brown held a two-hour meeting today in Sacramento to discuss the State’s budget with lawmakers and policymakers. Video of the entire event can be seen here.

Toward the end of the meeting, Assemblyman Bob Blumenfield asked Mac Taylor of the Legislative Analyst’s Office about how tax expenditures could be part of the budget solution. Mr. Taylor explained that the LAO has long viewed a variety of expenditures as problematic, such as the Enterprise Zone. He said:

We’ve put other tax expenditures that we should look at on the table including Enterprise Zones is one where we think the evidence has not been strong in suggesting that they do a whole lot.

Here is a video clip of that brief exchange:

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