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re you an advocate for aviation in your state
and locality? Individual representatives of
the aviation industry can make a significant
impact on local and state issues. While aviation
safety regulations are set at a federal level, many
business issues including sales and personal use taxes,
registration fees, state aviation trust funds and more are
dictated at the state or local level.
Sales tax related to aircraft parts, labor and sales are
particularly important issues for avionics shops and
other maintenance and repair organizations.
Two experts in local advocacy, Paige Kroner, the
mid-Atlantic regional representative at the National
Business Aviation Association and former president at
the Greater Washington Business Aviation Association,
and Nel Stubbs, vice president at Conklin & de Decker
and former president of the Arizona Business Aviation
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Association, weigh in on why it's important to be
involved and how to get started.
Why is local advocacy important?
"You need to let local legislators know you're there,"
said Stubbs, author of Conklin & de Decker's State Tax
Guide for General Aviation. "Most don't know what
type or how many aviation businesses are in their state
or city. Unless you have a major airport in your area or
you're a large business, you won't be on their radar. So
you need to be involved on the local level."
States review budgets frequently, then make decisions
on taxes, fees and other issues. In general, if legislators
and other authorities know you and your organization,
they're more likely to support you and consider your
organization in their decision-making process.
The decisions local and state politicians and



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