Rep. Canfield votes to shut down ‘kayak tax’ proposal

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Legislator: There will be no paddle watercraft fees in Michigan

State Rep. Edward Canfield 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.

Canfield 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.

“This proposal is a terrible idea that would have nothing but negative effects on the state’s tourism industry, not to mention adding burdensome costs to families across the state” said Canfield, of Sebewaing. “I’m proud to support today’s resolution, which 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.