(Springfield, VA.) - The Paddlesports Industry Association is encouraging paddlesports business owners and paddling enthusiasts in New Hampshire to contact their state legislators to let them know they oppose an annual $10 per boat registration fee and how Senate Bill 255 will hurt the state’s paddlesports industry.
The bill, sponsored by Senators John S. Barnes, John T. Gallus,
and Lou D'Allesandro, seeks to raise $1.8 million for the New Hampshire
Department of Fish and Game on the backs of paddlers and paddlesports businesses
by adding a $10 annual registration fee for canoes and kayaks (and other
non-motorized vessels). To date, the bill has passed a senate committee; a full
senate vote is expected on March 22, 2007.
“Our association is very
concerned with attempts like this to fund general government programs with taxes
on canoes and kayaks. This tax provides no direct benefit to paddlers or
paddlesports businesses in the state. All funds go directly to the Department of
Fish and Game's operating fund,” said Paddlesports Industry Association
Executive Director, Matt Menashes. "I know the pressures on New Hampshire's
Department of Fish and Game. Their employees haven't had regular pay raises in
years. But it's time for all of the citizens of New Hampshire to agree that New
Hampshire Fish and Game is a priority. Funding increases should come from other
state-wide taxes, not by hurting small business in the state." Menashes added,
“There is nothing in the bill to support use of the money to expand paddling
access in the state nor to improve boater education. All paddlers in New
Hampshire need to fight this bill.”
As currently written, this bill will
be particularly hard on paddlesports rental and outfitting operations in the
state. Rental and outfitting businesses will be required to pay an annual $10
fee per boat and put two registration decals on each vessel. Many rental
businesses in the state have dozens, if not hundreds, of canoes and kayaks. Just
the paperwork alone for these businesses will have a significant impact on their
For more information contact Matt Menashes (703) 451-3864
To download a copy of the bill,
list of the Wildlife, Fish and Game Committee of New Hampshire is available
contribute to the Paddlesports Industry Association's government affairs fund,
please contact Matt Menashes as well.
The Paddlesports Industry
Association is a 501(c)(6) trade association dedicated to the growth of
paddlesports. The association represents the interests of outfitters,
manufacturers, retailers, instruction centers, sales representatives, and
outside suppliers of the paddlesports industry throughout North America. The
organization supports industry growth and its membership through programs that
include representation in government/legislative affairs, consumer education,
outreach/marketing initiatives, membership cost saving benefits, and
professional development programs.
For more information about the
Paddlesports Industry Association, visit
PIA Opposes New Hampshire Bill Imposing Registration FeesFriday, 16 March 2007
The Paddlesports Industry Association is encouraging paddlesports business owners and paddling enthusiasts in New Hampshire to contact their state legislators to let them know they oppose an annual $10 per boat registration fee and how Senate Bill 255 will hurt the state’s paddlesports industry.
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