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National League of Cities Urges House to Oppose Wireless Tax Bill

WASHINGTON July 13, 2011 Wireless Tax Fairness Act of 2011

The letter was co-signed by the National Association of Counties, the United States Conference of Mayors, the International City/County Management Association, the Government Finance Officers Association and the National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors.

Read a copy of the letter.

Highlights of the letter include:

"The bill would cause great damage to our system of federalism and the fiscal health of state and local governments while purporting to solve a problem – the supposed dampening effect of taxes on wireless service growth – that simply doesn’t exist.  

"The wireless industry is just one of many industries requesting that Congress preempt state and local taxing authority…If H.R. 1002 becomes law, Congress will continue to be flooded with demands from other industries, such as rental car and online travel companies, seeking exemption from state and local taxes.    

"In order for states and local communities to continue to recover from the Great Recession, they must have at their disposal all the tools and resources available to balance their budgets, preserve and create jobs and provide essential services….  What this bill does is take away one of these tools – to tax the wireless industry – at the expense of other taxpayers and businesses."

The National League of Cities is the nation’s oldest and largest organization devoted to strengthening and promoting cities as centers of opportunity, leadership and governance. NLC is a resource and advocate for 19,000 cities, towns and villages, representing more than 218 million Americans.

SOURCE National League of Cities

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