Senators express support for measure exempting data processing centers and classes at fitness facilities from paying sales tax
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Senators express support for measure exempting data processing centers and classes at fitness facilities from paying sales tax

Date: January 29, 2015
By: Steven Anthony
State Capitol Bureau

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A bill seeking to encourage companies to build data processing centers in Missouri drew the support of senators in a hearing Thursday
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Wrap: Senator Bob Dixon of Springfield presented the bill to the Senate Ways and Means Committee and he said the bill is personal to him because it involved a missed opportunity with Yahoo.

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Description: "Springfield was actually one of the finalists for that data center and we narrowly lost."

The other part of the bill involves exempting people from paying sales and use tax on classes at a fitness facility, gym, or dance studio.

Nobody testified in opposition and the committee took no action on the bill.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Steven Anthony.

Intro: 
The Department of Revenue once again drew the ire of senators on a bill relating to sales tax exemption for classes at a fitness facility.
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Wrap: Senator Bob Dixon of Springfield presented his bill to the Senate Ways and Means Committee that would allow people to not pay sales tax on classes they sign up for at a fitness facility, gym, or dance studio.

Dixon said the Department of Revenue did not state the cost of the bill accurately.

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Description: "I'm concerned the people at the Department of Revenue may not be able to add."

Ways and Means Committee chairman Will Kraus said the bill is a good idea.

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Description: "I don't think we should be taxing lessons. If a child is learning some kind of aerobics dance, fitness type of stuff, that's different than actually going to the fitness center."

The committee took no action on the bill.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Steven Anthony.


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