March 8, 2019
The Utah Pest Management Association (UPMA) sent an impressive 614 grassroots messages to Utah lawmakers advocating against the sales tax on pest control services in HB 441. Additionally, long form written testimony was individually sent to all 104 lawmakers yesterday in a final push to kill the bill. Lawmakers decided to withdraw the bill last night and it is dead for this session! The efforts of UPMA are best illuminated by a local Utah news article: "Pressure on lawmakers to vote against the bill… had been increasing in recent days, much of it coming from business owners and professionals who would have to charge sales taxes on their services." Our industry is proud of UPMA and all of the great things that they’ve been able to accomplish in their roughly one year of existence that includes passing pesticide preemption, increasing professionalism by adding experience and education requirements for business licenses, and defeating the sales tax on pest control services. Sending over 614 grassroots messages requires business owners, managerial level staff, technicians, support staff, and family members to be all-in on defending our beloved industry—and UPMA defended their industry with gusto. If your state has a sales tax issue that you would like to address, NPMA has a successful playbook and would love to join you in the fight.