(ROCKVILLE, MD) April 5, 2008 The Tech Council of Maryland, representing more than 500 companies and thousands of IT workers statewide, is cheering today's news that the Maryland House of Delegates has passed legislation to repeal the six percent sales tax on computer services. The measure now goes to Governor Martin O'Malley, who is expected to sign the tech tax repeal into law.
"We are elated at the news that the House has passed the repeal. We want to commend the Governor O'Malley, Senate President Miller and Speaker Busch for tackling this difficult challenge head on," said Julie Coons, chief executive officer of the Tech Council of Maryland. "With technology jobs so vital to the state's economy, this move sends the right message that Maryland is good for business, particularly small and medium-sized growing businesses."
"We told our members we would not stop fighting until the computer services sales tax was repealed. And we did it," said Ms. Coons. "We would like to thank all of our volunteer members who have come to Annapolis, writing letters and making personal appeals to their legislators. It is gratifying to see that when people unite and speak up, they will be heard."
The Tech Council of Maryland also thanks all members of the Maryland General Assembly who voted to repeal the tech tax. It was truly a vote for Maryland's technology economy.
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The Tech Council of Maryland (TCM) is the largest technology trade group serving the advanced technology and biotechnology communities of Maryland. TCM's mission is to advocate for the interests of the technology community, further the role of technology in the Maryland economy, and nurture an environment where technology companies can collaborate, grow and succeed. For more information, visit www.techcouncilmd.com.