SOURCE: MCSA

January 23, 2008 17:44 ET

Majority of House Members Back Repeal of Maryland's Computer Services Tax

OWINGS MILLS, MD--(Marketwire - January 23, 2008) - The Maryland Computer Services Association (MCSA) won critical bipartisan support today in its efforts to repeal Maryland's controversial computer services tax. According to MCSA, 72 of the 141 members of the Maryland House of Delegates have co-sponsored House Bill 196 (HB 196) legislation to repeal the computer services sales tax enacted during the legislature's November 2007 special session.

"While still very early on in the legislative process, we are encouraged by the bipartisan support, led by Delegate Pendergrass, for our efforts to repeal Maryland's damaging computer services tax," said Tom Loveland, MCSA's co-founder and CEO of Mind Over Machines, Inc. "Maryland's IT sector and business reputation will be dealt a serious blow if this sales tax stands as law. Computer services companies in Maryland now employ 68,000 people, and have an annual payroll of $5.2 billion. We cannot let these highly skilled workers and companies move to surrounding states, and we are already seeing this happen."

Delegates who are co-sponsoring HB 196 include Delegates Pendergrass, F. Turner, Guzzone, Ali, Aumann, Barkley, Bartlett, Bates, Beidle, Beitzel, Bromwell, G. Clagett, Costa, DeBoy, Dumais, Dwyer, Eckardt, Elliott, Elmore, Feldman, Frank, George, Gutierrez, Haddaway, Harrison, Hecht, Hucker, James, Jennings, Kach, Kelly, King, Kipke, Kramer, Krebs, Lee, Levi, Levy, Malone, Mathias, McComas, McConkey, McDonough, McKee, Miller, Minnick, Mizeur, Montgomery, Morhaim, Myers, Norman, O'Donnell, Olszewski, Pena-Melnyk, Riley, Rosenberg, Schuh, Schuler, Shank, Shewell, Smigiel, Sophocleus, Sossi, Stein, Stifler, Stocksdale, Stull, Taylor, Vaughn, Walker, Weldon, and Wood.

About the Maryland Computer Services Association

The Maryland Computer Services Association is a statewide association of computer services companies dedicated to lobbying on behalf of Maryland's computer services industry. The association also hosts an advocacy website -- www.MarylandNeedsIT.org -- that provides information about issues impacting the computer services industry. MCSA works in concert with Maryland's chambers of commerce and technology councils, leveraging its collective resources for the good of our industry and Maryland's economy. Created in response to Maryland's Tax Reform Act of 2007, MSCA's first order of business is the full repeal of Maryland's Computer Services sales tax. For more information on MCSA, please visit www.mcsassoc.org.

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