Legislator: There will be no paddle watercraft fees in Michigan
State Rep. Kim LaSata 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.
LaSata 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 ability to enjoy Michigan waterways from a paddle watercraft is one of the greatest things our state has to offer,” said LaSata, of Bainbridge Township. “I do not support any proposal that might deter participation in this wonderful pastime. The resolution we passed today sends a message to the Waterways Commission that we will not pursue a paddle watercraft tax of any kind.”
The House approved the resolutions with overwhelming, bipartisan support.