Monday, January 30, 2012

House Democrats introduce bills to create jobs, boost economy

STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – House Democrats added multiple jobs bills to their 2012 plan Monday, including a lower tax burden for small businesses who hire Arizona workers and local preference for in-state bidders on state and local contracts.

“We’re focused on what matters — creating jobs,” said House Minority Leader Chad Campbell. “We should make government work for us so our tax dollars create jobs here, not in other states, or worse yet in China or India. The best way to do this is to work in a bipartisan way to get common-sense bills passed to move our economy in the right direction.”

House Democrats’ Jobs, Clean Energy & Economic Development bills include:

Creating a lower tax burden for small businesses that hire Arizona workers
HB 2705 - small business employment; tax rate (Campbell)
HB 2700 – property tax valuation; residential; business (Chabin)

Create local preference for in-state bidders on state and local contracts
HB 2392 – state contracts; preference; Arizona business (Saldate)
HB 2680 – procurement; Arizona bidder; preference (Campbell)

Ensure that state and local government contractors use American companies instead of foreign ones
HB 2510 – government procurement; American products (Campbell)
HB 2638 – state contracts; foreign headquarters (Gallego)

Require an automatic sunset on all current and future tax credits and loopholes
HB 2645 – sales tax exemptions; repeal; dates (Farley)
HB 2685 – income tax credits; repeal dates (Farley)

Construct solar panels on public school sites to create jobs, repair schools and create more efficiency and lower energy costs for schools
HB 2047 – solar school grant program (Farley)

Invest in infrastructure to immediately create jobs
HB 2298 – improvement districts; renewable energy (Campbell)
HB 2085 – energy conservation; public buildings (Ableser)
HB 2243 – commerce authority; solar grants (Gallego)
HB 2699 – department of administration; solar panels (Chabin)

Other related bills:
HB 2353 – Arizona twenty-first century initiative; priority (Ableser)
HB 2638 – employment discrimination; long term unemployed (Gallego)
HB 2456 – solar energy tax credit; amount (Alston)
HB 2225 – trust land; agricultural classifications; algaculture (Heinz)
HB 2226 – property tax; algaculture (Heinz)

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