Legislator: There will be no paddle watercraft fees in Michigan
State Rep. Daire Rendon 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.
Rendon 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.
“Like many Northern Michigan residents, I’m passionate about enjoying the great outdoors and spending time on the water,” said Rendon, of Lake City. “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.