A California Chamber of Commerce-supported bill that promotes investment in the next generation of manufacturing and encourages production in California awaits action by the Governor.
The proposal, AB 1951 (Grayson; D-Concord), expands investment and production in California by expanding the sales and use tax exemption for the purchase of manufacturing and research and development (R&D) equipment.
Manufacturing Tax Credit Expansion
Thirty-eight states already fully exempt manufacturing equipment purchases from sales and use tax, and another five states do not have a state sales tax. California’s manufacturing industry remains at the forefront of global leadership and innovation, but the industry hasn’t kept pace with the rest of the country in job growth and investments.
AB 1951 will make California competitive with the states that already exempt manufacturing equipment from sales and use tax, and through this exemption, California can provide more opportunities for growth, innovation, and high-quality jobs that come from increased investments in California manufacturing.
With tremendous ripple effects throughout the economy, each manufacturing job supports at least 2.5 other jobs in the workforce. AB 1951 will provide manufacturers the opportunity to continue to lead and compete in a domestic and global economy that operates on razor-thin margins. This bill will facilitate further innovation, production of wide-ranging goods, and provide high-quality jobs throughout California’s regionally diverse economies.
The CalChamber is urging businesses to contact the Governor and urge him to sign AB 1951.