FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
State Rep. Robert F. Matzie
HARRISBURG, May 22 – State Rep. Robert F. Matzie, D-Allegheny/Beaver, said the state House today passed a bill aimed at creating jobs by eliminating a tax on fixed-wing aircraft sales, parts, maintenance and repair in Pennsylvania.
"With both the Pittsburgh International Airport and the Beaver County Airport serving my legislative district, this legislation will be a benefit and potential for local job creation," Matzie said. "Additionally, this bill could add jobs statewide at various other international and regional airports throughout Pennsylvania."
Matzie said the goal of the legislation is to ensure that Pennsylvania remains competitive with its neighboring states and regionally, and to provide an opportunity to create good-paying jobs.
Pennsylvania currently stands as the only northeastern state not to enact some form of meaningful tax reform on fixed-wing aviation. The tax puts the commonwealth at a disadvantage over states like New York and Ohio. The industry employs about 9,400 people in New York and 8,300 in Ohio, to Pennsylvania’s 2,900.
House Bill 1100 now moves to the Senate for consideration.