State Senator Bob Dutton

By PE Politics
August 25, 2011 4:54 PM

Earlier this year, Senate Minority Leader Bob Dutton, R-Rancho Cucamonga, introduced legislation to create a partial sales-tax exemption on purchases of equipment used for manufacturing and software development.

The measure passed one committee and went no further, largely because of concerns about its cost.

The concept was back in action Thursday, as Gov. Jerry Brown and Democratic leaders unveiled a “California Jobs First” package that includes a partial sales-tax exemption on purchases of new manufacturing equipment.

“The exemptions will drive innovation, investment and growth by targeting many of California’s most dynamic industries, including manufacturing, biopharmaceuticals, clean energy and software,” according to the governor’s office.

In February, state Sen. Bill Emmerson, R-Hemet, introduced a bill to expand eligibility for a $3,000-per-employee hiring-credit program.

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