April 20, 2007
Connecticut lawmakers are looking at taking a big step back on tax relief and creating an unfavorable economic climate for aviation businesses. Last year the legislature decided to exempt aviation service, sales, and equipment from the state's sales and use tax. Before those benefits could even be realized, however, a new bill (Senate Bill 1385) is moving through the legislature that would undo it all by increasing the personal income tax rate and eliminating all but a few exemptions from the state tax code. In a letter to the legislature, AOPA pointed out that aviation businesses provide highly skilled, well-paying jobs and generate broad tax and social benefits. "By its nature, aviation does not recognize state lines. Aircraft owners living close to border states with more favorable tax environments will choose to purchase their aircraft in those states," wrote Greg Pecoraro, AOPA vice president of regional affairs. He also pointed out that Connecticut would lose revenue associated with the service and storage of those aircraft. The bill now moves to the Transportation Committee for more consideration, and AOPA encourages you to contact your representatives and tell them how the bill would have a negative impact on general aviation and the state.
April 20, 2007
As the cold weather chills AOPA’s Headquarters in Frederick, many of us are inside generating new resources for flying clubs.
In my house, every Friday night is “Movie Night.” While the movies are rarely educational (I don’t think I learned anything from the Lego Movie), we look forward to the weekly opportunity to spend time together. Why not use the same concept for your Flying Club (with the addition of education, of course)?
AOPA Flying Club Manager Kelby Ferwerda posted the following on the AOPA Flying Club Facebook Page: “Recently I’ve talked with quite a few Flying Clubs about maintaining social activity through the cold winter months. Some clubs host Holliday Parties, others have Potluck Movie Nights. What does your club do to keep members involved during the chilly months?”
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