MASSDEVICE ON CALL — Indiana lawmakers Sen. Richard Mourdock (R) and Rep. Marlin Stutzman (R) warned last week that the 2.3% medical device tax set to take effect in 2013 could cost as many as 2,100 jobs in their home state.
Speaking at the headquarters for orthopedics devices maker Greatbatch (NYSE:GB), the pair further warned that the impending levy could deter investment from the industry and stymie small businesses.
"This really is a spectacularly successful industry," Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) told the Indiana Journal Gazette. Thune had planned on attending the event at Greatbatch but his flight was delayed due to weather conditions. "We want to have policies in place that will encourage that and not discourage it, and right now what they are getting from Washington are more taxes, more regulations, a lot of things that make it more difficult for them to do business and create jobs and continue to provide cutting-edge technology."
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