This morning NMTA and RBAW testified before the Senate Transportation Committee opposing a new proposal to double the watercraft-excise tax. This is the tax Washington boaters pay annually when they register their boats.
Boaters are the only user group that pay an excise tax and we think it is unfair and inappropriate to increase this tax.
Please take action now and let your state senator know you do not support this increase by clicking the link here.
We were born to explore.
For centuries humans have been making trips all over the globe discovering areas that were previously uncharted territory. Boats were one of the earliest methods of transportation, allowing us to navigate across entire bodies of water. We have never been satisfied staying in the same place. We want to see what’s out there and we want to get there on our own terms.
We were made to hunt.
Fishing is a food source for millions of people throughout the world and the fishing industry employees over 500 million people in developing countries. There are 196 communities in Alaska alone that are supported by the fish market. Native communities in Washington have used fishing as a source of food for hundreds of years, because of accessibility and convenience. These are not coincidences.
We like to have fun.
We know that there is nothing like being out on the water. Whether it’s the middle of a lake, or the middle of the sea, the solitude you find is remarkable. We want you to have that experience as often as you can. Share it or keep it for yourself. You choose.