The legislation jointly sponsored by the California Preservation Foundation (CPF) and the AIA California Council to create a California tax credit for work performed on historic structures has been vetoed by Governor Jerry Brown.
AB 1999 had passed the State Senate and State Assembly without any “No” votes, so this veto was not expected.
While this is bad news, there is some good news that comes from the Governor’s veto message.
In his veto message the governor writes that he “wholeheartedly support[s]” the goals of the bill, but believes the cost of the bill “should be weighed against other important priorities in the upcoming budget.”
We believe the governor is saying that some type of tax credit for work performed on historic structures can be enacted next year, perhaps a smaller and more targeted credit than what was proposed in AB 1999.
Many Californians, including architects, understood the importance of this bill and sent letters to the governor urging his signature of AB 1999. Here is the letter the CPF and AIACC sent to the governor.
The AIACC will join CPF and the author of AB 1999, Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins (D-San Diego), in working with the Governor’s Office in the coming months to develop a proposal that, hopefully, the governor can support next year.