Anaheim’s Unique Enterprise Zone

California’s 40 enterprise zones, which award tax credits to businesses for hiring disadvantaged workers, are typically run by public agencies such as cities, counties or joint powers authorities.
But Anaheim has a unique approach.
The city has put the Anaheim Chamber of Commerce in charge of its zone, which includes responsibility for processing tax credits for local businesses worth up to $37,000 per worker.
Giving a business group authority over tax credits sounds like a conflict of interest to good-government expert Tracy Westen.
Anaheim should outsource to a neutral party, said Westen, CEO of the Center for Governmental Studies.

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