Governor Bentley Signs Aviation Amendment as Part of Economic Development Agenda

Gov. Robert Bentley issued the following news release:
Commonly called the “Aviation Amendment,” House Bill 39 provides a state sales tax exemption that applies to aviation-related businesses. Specifically, the exemption covers aircraft manufacturing parts, components, and systems involved in the maintenance and repair of aircraft.

The exemption is needed because more than 10 other states currently provide similar exemptions and use those exemptions to attract new business. With the Governor’s signing of the Aviation Amendment, Alabama can now be more competitive in attracting that business to this state.

“The Aviation Amendment gives us a vital tool to help aviation companies have what they need to attract customers and create future development,” Governor Bentley said. “The end result will be more secure, well-paying jobs for people in our communities.”

Bill Hafner, vice president of operations at ST Aerospace Mobile Inc., which repairs and renovates airliners, said the plan could protect and add jobs by offering an exemption enjoyed by other facilities in Florida, Georgia, and other states. “I’m very pleased,” Hafner said. “It puts us on a level playing field, so now we’re not imposing additional costs on our customers. I think it will help assure that work will remain here and help attract future work.”

Senator Ben Brooks was the Senate sponsor of the legislation.
“This bill levels the playing field for Alabama to compete in the aircraft industry,” Senator Brooks said. “It sends the signal to the nation and the world that Alabama is aircraft friendly for businesses and for workers.”

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