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Earnings Tax Doesn’t Deter AT&T Missouri Chief

Michael Calhoun
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AT&T Missouri President John Sondag (KMOX/Michael Calhoun)

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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – A who’s-who of St. Louis corporations are funding the campaign to keep an earnings tax in the city.

Opponents argue the one-percent tax drives potential businesses away, but AT&T Missouri President John Sondag doesn’t think so.

“I personally don’t see it as a huge detriment to having a business here in the city,” he said. “The earnings tax is not really an major concern for our employees here,” he said.

Sondag says to pick a side, he’d have to know the details on any proposed ‘replacement taxes.’

“The biggest question from a business perspective is that if that earnings tax goes away and the city needs to find a replacement for it, in what form is that going to be?”

AT&T has two national divisions headquartered here. including its Yellow Pages subsidiary. The phone book business based here, by itself, would qualify as a Fortune 500 company.

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