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      Wis. Senate passes aviation sales tax break

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      MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Aviation companies in Wisconsin would be exempt from having to pay sales taxes on aircraft maintenance parts and labor under a bill that has passed the state Senate.The Senate voted 24-8 on Tuesday to pass the bill.It would benefit companies like Gulfstream in Appleton and Cessna in Milwaukee. Those companies and others say having to pay the sales tax puts them at a competitive disadvantage because aircraft owners are taking their business to other states that don't charge the tax.Bill sponsor Sen. Mike Ellis, a Republican from Neenah, says the tax cut would cost about $3 million a year in lost revenue, but it would generate more than twice that much in increased business for the aviation companies.