Augusta lawmakers are pushing tax break on aircraft parts

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ATLANTA - Augusta legislators have joined the campaign to preserve a sales tax exemption for parts used in repairing out-of-state aircraft.

The General Assembly enacted the exemption initially because of fears that Savannah-based Gulfstream Aerospace would take its planned 1,100-job expansion to another state, but exemptions in recent years have a sunset provision. The parts exemption is due to expire in June.

Now Augusta's Standard Aero, formerly know as Garrett Aviation for 30 years, is also making the push.

Members of the Augusta delegation each volunteered to contact two or three members of the Ways and Means subcommittee considering the extension, House Bill 116, sponsored by Rep. Ron Stephens, R-Savannah.

It's cosponsored by Reps. Hardie Davis, D-Augusta, and Republicans Ben Harbin of Evans and Jerry Keen of St. Simons Island, who lives near Brunswick, where Gulfstream has another plant.

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