House committee promotes Maytag, Amana in tax exemption bill

House committee promotes Maytag, Amana in tax exemption bill
 
Date March 03, 2005
Section(s) Local News
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Special to the Daily News

The House Ways and Means Committee on Wednesday voted to exempt sales taxes for appliances that meet the energy efficiency rating as put forth by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Department of Energy (DOE).

Exempted would be clothes washing machines, refrigerators and dishwashers meeting Energy Star requirements from the 5 percent state sales tax and any applicable local option sales taxes. Energy star is a program established by the EPA and DOE. Currently, only Maytag and Amana make the machines.

“This bill is a big benefit both for the manufacturing wing and the corporate headquarters,” said Newton Mayor Chaz Allen. “People talk about American-made products, but I’m more interested in Newton-made products. This highlights the state’s commitment to Iowa workers, and the Newton area as a whole.”

The bill now goes to the full House for debate before being moving to the Senate for consideration and possible passage by the governor.

“This is a bi-partisan bill that helps both the business, its employees and consumers,” said Rep. Jeff Kaufmann, a Wilton Republican who chaired the bill’s sub-committee and led the bill through today’s committee hearings. “I am pleased the bill went through with overwhelming support. This is a testament to our business and environmental efforts.”

The bill was co-sponsored by Newton Rep. Paul Bell and Pella Rep. Jim Van Engelenhoven.

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