The Wisconsin state legislature rejected an attempt to exempt private aircraft operating under Part 91 from paying the 5.5% sales tax on maintenance and modifications. Nearby states already exempt Part 91 aircraft from paying this tax, and Wisconsin-based maintenance and repair operations say that they are losing business because of it. "It's clear to us from our customer base that the availability of the exemption is a significant factor when operators are deciding where to send their business," said a Gulfstream spokeswoman.

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