Massachusetts lawmakers form GA CaucusJuly 7, 2010 at 2:54 pm | Posted in Aviation Law | Leave a comment
by Sara M. Langston with the blog faculty
Source: General Aviation
In recent years, Massachusetts legislators have noticed that the state was slowly losing airports — and with them, a good chunk of the state’s economy. “Once you lose them, they never come back,” notes State Rep. Don Humason, chairman of the Massachusetts Legislative Aviation Caucus, in describing the airport closures.
What began five years ago with just a handful of legislators with airports in their districts has expanded to include 75 lawmakers from across the state, according to the National Business Aviation Association, which notes the caucus considers business aviation central to local jobs.
For that reason, both the caucus and the industry were recently focused on two attempts by state policymakers to repeal a sales tax exemption on aircraft. The message: Aircraft are mobile, so operators can simply move them – along with their businesses – to states more welcoming to general aviation. “We’ve been told by business owners ‘our margins are so tight, we’re in Massachusetts because of the tax exemption,’” says Humason…more