According to the Press Release from the No on Measure A Campaign:
From: Citizens for Sensible Transportation (Committee against Measure A)
Topic: Pro-tax lawsuit fails to silence argument.
At 6:10 PM last night, proponents of an additional sales tax filed a lawsuit to strike several sections from the ballot argument against Measure A. The most important of these was an attempt to remove all mention of a tax exemption for the tax proponents.
The findings and proposed deletions were not approved by the court, which did allow some technical revisions, such as updating a bill number.
The authors agree that the correct bill number is SB1291. SB552 was a bill in last year’s session with largely identical wording. Both grant a giant sales tax exemption to manufacturers, and whole pages are word for word the same between the two bills.
The important argument still stands: The Leadership Group is pushing a bill through the legislature to exempt their members from state sales tax, at the same time they are promoting a sales tax increase in Measure A. The net effect would be that average citizens pay 8.75% sales tax, while manufacturers and big business pay only 2.75%.
These bills, sponsored by Elaine Alquist, contain numerous special interest provisions, such as whole paragraphs that provide a million dollar tax cut for Calpine’s new power plant.
On behalf of Citizens for Sensible Transportation, the grass roots campaign against measure A.