Megan Luther at the Argus Leader reported the other day that the state will vote to keep tax exemptions for the agricultural industry.
Agriculture is still the only industry in the state that doesn?t pay sales tax on machine parts and maintenance. Others, like construction, pay 4 percent state sales tax and city taxes that could add 2 percent.
The sales tax review committee is charged with evaluating the state?s sales tax exemptions estimated at $527 million.
A legislator still can introduce a bill this coming session to lift the exemption.
In my opinion, this is the kind of vote that tends to make elected officials look out of touch, taxing one industry but not another. It is about time we start treating people fairly across the board. Especially when all sectors are struggling.
Tax exemptions and other loopholes for “special” industries really get under my skin. The problem with government is too many special groups get favors that the rest of us have to subsidize with our own taxes.