A HOUSE RESOLUTION urging the Legislative Council
to direct the Commission on State Tax and Financing Policy to
study the issue of tax policies for logistics providers in trucking;
rail; waterborne shipping; aviation; and warehouse/distribution
in the following Midwestern states_Ohio; Kentucky;
Tennessee; Illinois; Michigan; and Wisconsin.
Whereas, Indiana is the Crossroads of America; and
Whereas, Indiana has a geographic & infrastructure
Whereas, Indiana is 1st in interstate access; and
Whereas, Indiana is 9th in rail miles; and
Whereas, Indiana is 14th in maritime shipping; and
Whereas, Indiana is 8th in Air Freight; and
Whereas, Indiana is competition with surrounding states
and states with major logistics facilities; and
Whereas, it is important for the General Assembly to
understand and consider other state tax policies affecting our
logistics industries; and
Whereas, it could be beneficial for the General Assembly
to ensure Indiana's competitiveness; therefore
SECTION 1. That the Legislative Council is urged to direct the
Commission on State Tax and Financing Policy to study the topic of
logistics tax policies in the following Midwestern states_Ohio;
Kentucky; Tennessee; Illinois; Michigan; and Wisconsin; and to make
recommendations on possible tax policies that could be utilized by the
Indiana General Assembly to strengthen the logistics sector in Indiana
by identifying and acting on possible opportunities to better position
the State to grow existing business, attract new business, and thereby
create new jobs.
SECTION 2. That, the Commission on State Tax and Financing Policy if so directed, shall review tax policies for logistic providers in the following sectors_trucking; rail; waterborne shipping; aviation; and warehouse/distribution and make recommendations on policies that could be beneficial and implemented in 2011. As part of this review, the Commission shall investigate all tax policies affecting Ohio; Kentucky; Tennessee; Illinois; Michigan; and Wisconsin. These are neighboring and/or states that have logistics provider populations. In addition, the committee shall work with Indiana organizations who are working to create an unbiased comprehensive strategy to build Indiana's logistic capacity, and to gain input from Indiana business leaders in these sectors on their tax and financing needs for the logistics sector.
SECTION 3. That the committee, if so directed, shall operate under the direction of the Legislative Council and shall issue a report when directed to do so by the Council.
SECTION 4. The Principal Clerk of the Indiana House of
Representatives is hereby directed to transmit a copy of this Resolution to the Legislative Council through the Executive Director of the Legislative Services Agency.
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