Legislator: There will be no paddle watercraft fees in Michigan
State Rep. Pamela Hornberger today voted in support of a resolution opposing the Michigan State Waterways Commission’s proposed “kayak tax,” which would require all kayaks, canoes and paddle boards to be registered with the state.
Hornberger said people should not be penalized for supporting the state’s tourism industry, especially considering participation in paddle sports increases at a rate of 7 percent each year in Michigan.
“The proposed fee is unnecessary and will do nothing to benefit paddle enthusiasts,” said Hornberger, of Chesterfield Township. “The people of Michigan have expressed their disdain, and we’ve listened – this resolution sends a message to the Waterways Commission that we will not pursue a tax on good, clean fun.”
The House approved the resolutions with overwhelming, bipartisan support.