UCI economics professor David Neumark will testify before the state Senate Committee on Governance & Finance on Wednesday, Feb. 16, as part of its review of legislation proposed by Gov. Jerry Brown to repeal California’s Enterprise Zone program. Neumark’s research on the program – launched in 1984 “to stimulate business investment in depressed areas of the state and create job opportunities” – has found it to be largely unsuccessful, with no measurable effect on employment within zone boundaries. The hearing will be held from 9:30 a.m. to noon in Room 112 of the California Capitol.