Re "State needs new tax strategy" (Letters, Jan. 9): Regarding Sen. Ted Lieu's letter, enterprise zones are saturated with big box stores and hospitals that locate in areas based on population density, not tax credits. High-end manufacturers, like ACE Clearwater of Torrance, can locate anywhere, but may choose to stay in Torrance due to tax incentives.
California is home to 6,000 metalworking facilities, employing more than 250,000 Californians with high-paying jobs and health benefits. We make metal components for aerospace, semiconductors, solar panels, medical devices, infrastructure, and other applications.
The California Metals Coalition would support working creative, 21st Century solutions for California's tax system. This begins with understanding where California's high-end manufacturing sector is headed, and where our legislative leaders can work with us to create jobs, profits, and revenue for government.
-- James Simonelli, California Metals Coalition executive director, Sacramento