By Tony Romeo

HARRISBURG, Pa. (CBS) – The state House has passed and sent to the Senate a bill that would have Pennsylvania join several other states that extend sales tax exemptions to airplane purchases and maintenance costs.

As the House debated the bill, Delaware County Democrat Greg Vitali said he opposed the measure for, among other reasons, the matter of fairness.

“Working people needing to pay sales tax for their vehicles, but wealthy individuals and wealthy corporations – we would be exempting them.”

But the bill was sponsored by another Democrat, Peter Daley of Washington County, who says right now, people are buying and getting their airplanes serviced in other states that have already granted a sales tax exemption.

“It’s time we create jobs in Pennsylvania. We’ve got to stay competitive with the rest of the world. This is a jobs bill.”

The bill, which passed by a wide margin, now goes to the Senate, where a spokesman for the majority leader cannot say when or if the bill will get a vote there.

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