Budget: CalChamber Supports CalCompetes Tax Credit

The California Chamber of Commerce is supporting the Governor’s budget proposal to provide $120 million to fund a third year of the California Competes Tax Credit program in 2023–24.

The program has been indispensable in helping businesses locate or stay in California and invest, grow and create quality full-time jobs in the state.

Directed by the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz), the CalCompetes program has awarded tax credits and grants to more than 1,150 businesses committing to create nearly 145,000 new, full-time jobs and make more than $29 billion in capital improvements in California.

Eight companies received grants in April 2022 and committed to creating more than 7,615 new full-time jobs and bring to the state more than $3.3 billion in new capital investments.

Researchers completing a recent study by the University of California, Irvine found that when controlling for other variables, there was “evidence of a significant local multiplier effect — two-and-a-half-times — from CalCompetes Tax Credit-incentivized jobs.”

The CalCompetes Tax Credit program plays an invaluable role by making targeted investments that help businesses create high-paying jobs, increase investment in California and grow the economy.

Staff Contact: Preston Young

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Preston R. Young joined the CalChamber in October 2019 as a policy advocate specializing in health care policy and taxation issues. He was named a senior policy advocate starting January 1, 2024 in recognition of his efforts on behalf of members. Young came to CalChamber from Schuering Zimmerman & Doyle, LLP, where he specialized in medical malpractice, health care, product liability and elder abuse litigation. Young holds a B.A. in communications from Saint Mary’s College of California, and earned a J.D. from Golden Gate University School of Law, where he was associate editor of the Environmental Law Journal. See full bio