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Manufacturing sales tax exemption bills move forwardPosted by Gino DiCaro, VP, Communications on April 25, 2013
This is a follow-up to last week's 'Tipping Point' piece on CMTA's proposed sales tax exemption on manufacturing equipment purchases.
Both tax exemption proposals were heard in committee this week, receiving positive comments from legislators. SB 376 by Sen Lou Correa received a unanimous 7-0 vote in the Senate Governance and Finance Committee and Assemblyman Kevin Mullin's AB 486 received an affirming hearing but we won't know the bill's fate until the Assembly Revenue and Taxation Committee votes on it in its 'suspense file' hearing next week.
Both bills enjoyed wide support in testimony with the only opposition coming from California Tax Reform Association, a group funded by public employee interests. In ten years, among at least 30 proposals, only one ever made it past its first hearing,
CMTA stepped up its game this week to show the job impact from the manufacturers investment credit back when it was originally implemented in the state in 1993 for a ten-year period. See for yourself below. We basically caught up to U.S. manufacturing in the first seven years and grew by seven percent with 131,000 new manufacturing jobs before the massive tech bust occurred.
California manufacturers can overcome big challenges with the support of state and local government. Most manufacturers realize there is a premium to pay to operate in the state, but the total valuation of California costs makes it almost impossible to compete. Bringing back the sales tax exemption on manufacturing investments is one way to get back in line with most other states and position the state to compete for manufacturing scale-ups.
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