Killing Tax Breaks, Crowdfunding for Sturgeon, Weiner Slams Fines: June 19

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California Governor Jerry Brown wants to eliminate a state program that gives tax breaks to companies that create jobs, reports Marc Lifsher. Brown’s administration says the program lacks transparency and isn’t “producing the kind of economic growth” it wants. [Los Angeles Times]

Jennifer Gregory thinks restaurant brands should help franchisees prepare for emergencies. [QSR]

Researcher Jim Garvey is using Kickstarter to raise money to research the mating habits of Mississippi River pallid sturgeon, bypassing academic and federal funding, according to Tim Barker. [St. Louis Post-Dispatch]

Former Representative Anthony Weiner is making an issue out of fines levied against small business owners as he campaigns for the New York City mayor’s office, writes Jill Colvin. [Politicker]

A wide-ranging interview with Union Square Ventures managing partner Fred Wilson includes why he likes networks and doesn’t like software as a service (video). [PandoDaily]

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