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TECHNOLOGY COUNCIL SUPPORTS BILL TO REPEAL 'CRUSHING' COMPUTER TAX

 HARRISBURG, Pa., April 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Passage of legislation introduced last week by Pennsylvania State Sen. Mike Dawida (D-Allegheny) to repeal Pennsylvania's crushing tax on computer services -- the only such comprehensive tax levied by any state in the United States -- "is critical to the continued growth of Pennsylvania's robust technology sector" said Timothy Parks, executive director of the Pennsylvania Technology Council.
 The Pennsylvania Technology Council, an industry association representing more than 2,000 technology-based companies in the commonwealth, soon will launch its statewide campaign to win passage of the Dawida bill, which is co-sponsored by 17 other state senators from both sides of the political aisle. Dawida is chairman of the Senate Finance Committee.
 Parks said that the two-year-old computer services tax has hurt, but not yet crippled, the state's technology sector. "It was a mistake to have burdened our entrepreneurs and technology sector with this unfair and unproductive tax, especially since competitors in other states are not shackled in this way," Parks said. "The tax has been a set-back, though not yet devastating. But we can't afford to wait to see how much damage will be done as technology increasingly is a key variable for economic success. We need to get rid of this technology killer. And we're going to do everything we can to do just that, and in this legislative session."
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 /EDITORS: Parks is available for interviews./
 /CONTACT: Michael Campbell of the Pennsylvania Technology Council, 412-622-5628, or 800-388-8820/


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