Bikes: If It Moves Tax It
Well this is interesting, the liberals in the state of Oregon have actually managed to get both the conservative’s and environmentalist to agree upon something.
That agreement is against their new, first in the nation, bike tax, yes bike tax.
The Washington Times is reporting the state of Oregon will now tax bikes costing more than $200 and have a wheel diameter of at least 26 inches, $15 dollars.
Jonathan Maus the publisher of BikePortland was quoted in the article stating:
An unprecedented step in the wrong direction. We are taxing the healthiest, most inexpensive, most environmentally friendly, most efficient and most economically sustainable form of transportation ever devised by the human species
The bikers have a bit of a problem, you see last year these same bikers cheered when Oregon passed a four-year, 10-cent-per-gallon tax on gasoline. Although the tax was aimed at improving roads, people started to complain that bicycle riders have failed to pay their share for such projects.
I guess what is good for the goose is good for the gander.
Do you remember in 1986 when President Ronald Reagan said:
If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.