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mike bell 12-23-2003 06:09 PM

AZ senator blocking archery import tax bill, & will cost 350 Easton Archery jobs
 
Arizona senator blocking bill that would save 350 jobs



By ROBERT GEHRKE

Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) - An Arizona senator is blocking efforts to close a tax loophole that a major archery company says could force it to close its operations in Utah and send jobs overseas.

Easton Outdoors employs about 350 people in its Salt Lake City arrow operation, assembling arrow components and fletching - attaching feathers to the arrow shafts.

Easton's complaint is that the federal government levies a 12.4 percent tax on the components it imports to Utah for assembly, while arrows assembled outside the United States and imported to the country are not taxed due to a loophole in the 1997 law.

Since the law passed, about one-third of the $45 million arrow market has moved its production overseas.

Faced with a threat of Easton closing its doors and moving jobs to Canada or Mexico, members of Congress from Utah and Wisconsin pushed legislation to tax both assembled arrows as well as components.

The House bill, sponsored by Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and Rep. Jim Matheson, D-Utah, unanimously passed the House earlier this month, but failed to make it through the Senate because Arizona Republican Sen. Jon Kyl blocked the measure.

Kyl's state is home to Precision Shooting Equipment Inc., which already has moved its assembly operations to China and now enjoys the benefit of not paying taxes on its imported arrows.

Erik Watts, CEO of Easton Outdoors, said he has been working for five years to get the provision changed, and the company had threatened to close its Utah operations if the bill didn't pass by the end of the year.

''Jon Kyl is the only one who's allowing the cheaters to continue to cheat,'' Watts said.

Watts said he hasn't moved Easton's operations overseas yet because he is hoping Congress will act quickly to address the discrepancy when members return next month. ''We can't wait any longer,'' he said.

A Kyl spokesman said the senator does not discuss holds he has put on legislation. A spokeswoman for Precision Shooting Equipment said the company would not comment.

Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, who is backing the measure in the Senate, has met with Kyl to discuss the provision. Hatch was so insistent that the Senate consider the archery bill that he stalled an unrelated and broadly supported bill last month until he got assurances the Senate would take up the arrow tax change.

The measure may be tacked onto a larger tax bill when one comes through the Senate next year.

If Easton moves its assembly outside of the United States it would join a foreign market that has been increasing exponentially in recent years.

In 1997 there was just $857,000 worth of arrow imports to the United States, according to statistics from the U.S. International Trade Commission. In 2002, there was $11.6 million worth of arrow imports, as companies moved their operations overseas to avoid the tax.

Figures for 2003 are not available, but had increased 35 percent over the first six months of 2003 compared to the same period the previous year.

Watts said the tax loophole hurts more than his business.

Under a 1930s law, taxes on fishing tackle, guns and archery equipment go into a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service fund that makes grants to states for wildlife habitat protection and hunter education projects.

Companies importing their arrows are not supporting those projects, Watts said, and those projects aren't getting the money they otherwise would.


AP-WS-12-22-03 2125EST


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Cougar Mag 12-23-2003 11:32 PM

RE: AZ senator blocking archery import tax bill, & will cost 350 Easton Archery jobs
 
Thanks for the report Mike. In my opinion all archers should write to their United States senators in support of the bill. Its hard enough to find products still made in the United States and I would hate 350 people to lose their jobs. Plus the tax supports our shooting sports and wildlife in general. Why should Easton be penalized for building arrows here and other companies that build theirs overseas not? That does not make any sense at all!!!!!!!!!

jimpok61 12-24-2003 05:58 AM

RE: AZ senator blocking archery import tax bill, & will cost 350 Easton Archery jobs
 
;) I' second that motion, Cougar Mag. Shall be e-mailing Waschington, D.C. this Christmas eve prior to church services.

hdsanders 12-24-2003 06:07 AM

RE: AZ senator blocking archery import tax bill, & will cost 350 Easton Archery jobs
 
Why in hell would this idiot block this legislation? Being a member of Congress you would think he would support US jobs. I hope his constituents hear about this and make it know next time elections come around. I will be sending email to my Congress rep immediately.

I have emailed both Senators from GA and sent an email to Jon Kyl.

adams 12-24-2003 06:48 AM

RE: AZ senator blocking archery import tax bill, & will cost 350 Easton Archery jobs
 
We have Bill Clinton and G.W. to blame for this. These idots actually said that N.A.F.T.A. and the W.T.O. would be good for America. Apparently not.

Here's a link to send Senator Kyl a message: http://kyl.senate.gov/contact.cfm

Also here is the address and #'s to both his Washington and Tucson offices

730 Hart Senate Building
Washington, D.C. 20510
Ph# (202)224-4521
Fax# (202)224-2207

7315 North Oracle Rd, Ste 220
Tucson, AZ 85704
Ph# (520)575-8633
Fax# (502)797-3232

Lets all weigh in and let our voices be heard![:@]

If you wish to weigh in with Easton,
Easton
5040 Harold Gatty Dr.
Salt Lake City, UT 84116

TWC 12-24-2003 07:07 AM

RE: AZ senator blocking archery import tax bill, & will cost 350 Easton Archery jobs
 

ORIGINAL: mike bell


Kyl's state is home to Precision Shooting Equipment Inc., which already has moved its assembly operations to China and now enjoys the benefit of not paying taxes on its imported arrows.



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This makes me rethink about the potential purchase of a new bow that I have been contimplating. I will send in my concerns to my congressman [:@]

muskrat89 12-24-2003 08:12 AM

RE: AZ senator blocking archery import tax bill, & will cost 350 Easton Archery jobs
 

Why in hell would this idiot block this legislation? Being a member of Congress you would think he would support US jobs
This definitely seems goofy. For what it's worth, Kyl has seemed pretty solid on most other legislative matters. I'll e-mail as well. Good catch

DoeCuller 12-24-2003 08:56 AM

RE: AZ senator blocking archery import tax bill, & will cost 350 Easton Archery jobs
 
Thanks for the information. I'll contact my rep's and senators.
INFO: The 12.4 percent tax they are talking about was an amendment sometime after 1972 to the Pittman Robinson Act that was initiated in 1937. This tax was initiated by sportsman to put money back into the resources. Since inception there has been over $21 Billion collected for habitat improvements and other projects. As sportsman we need to ensure this continues and not let imports cheat the tax. If it wasn't for PR Act and other institutions we wouldn't have the resources we do today. Call your senators and representatives.
To find your rep's addresses you can goto:
http://www.nra.org/frame.cfm?title=N...www.nraila.org

Merry Christmas

Len in Maryland 12-24-2003 09:18 PM

RE: AZ senator blocking archery import tax bill, & will cost 350 Easton Archery jobs
 
ATA (previously AMO) has been fighting this issue for the sake of the industry for years. Bob Eastman (Carbon Express) was the first to go offshore and Pete Shepley has joined him.

DaveC 12-26-2003 09:20 AM

RE: AZ senator blocking archery import tax bill, & will cost 350 Easton Archery jobs
 
Just great.
I will be switching arrows if they leave, not that I want to, but I will.

I believe there are still some others made In USA. (Blackhawks)


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