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Strickland promotes bill to boost green tech through tax relief

Posted: February 1, 2010 1:05 p.m.
Updated: February 1, 2010 1:30 p.m.
 
California State Senator Tony Strickland (R-Simi Valley), Vice-Chair of the Senate Health Committee and representitive of the California Senate District 19, which includes portions of Los Angeles, Ventura, and Santa Barbara counties, attended a press conference today at Quallion, the leading lithium-ion battery manufacturer, to promote legislation designed to boost green technology through tax relief.

Sen. Strickland joined Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sen. Alex Padilla, Quallion management and several other officials to share the details of the proposal.

SBX8 22 would exempt the purchase of green technology equipment from sales tax. Schwarzenegger presented the idea as part of an effort to promote clean, renewable energy and stimulate the economy and job creation.

Renewable energy and job creation are central themes to Strickland's ideas for returning California to prosperity and he welcomed the opportunity to help craft this legislation.

"This bill will help transition California to a more renewable, energy efficient economy," Strickland said. "Green technology manufacturing is important for several reasons. Not only is it making a positive impact on our environment, but it's also providing much needed jobs at a crucial time. This is win-win legislation that should be implemented right away."

Strickland jointly authored SBX8 22 with Padilla, who represents Sylmar, home to Quallion. Both Senators stressed the importance of the legislation and the benefit of jumpstarting an industry that can not only create much needed jobs, but make California a leader in green technology and renewable energy.

"SBX8 22 is a step in the right direction," Strickland said. "I have consistently pushed for allowing green technology to drive our economic recovery. Prosperity and responsible stewardship of our environment are not mutually exclusive. This legislation is an excellent example."

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