WASHINGTON -- Environmental groups and state wildlife agencies are
lobbying Congress for a tax of up to 5% on purchases of
recreational vehicles and equipment that can be used outdoors, such
as skis, backpacks and cameras.
Under the Teaming With Wildlife proposal, revenues from the tax
would be used to support state-run conservation programs.
Opponents -- mainly recreational product manufacturers and
outdoor activity groups -- have formed a coalition of their own
called Teaming Against Taxes.
They contend the tax would unduly burden the middle class and
families and do little to address "fundamental problems such as
[national] park overcrowding and maintenance backlogs."
The coalition has garnered bipartisan support in the House from
Reps. Pete Hoekstra (R-Mich.) and Tony Hall (D-Ohio), who are
circulating a letter asking House members to oppose the
In a statement, Hoekstra said the "misguided" proposal "would
even slap a tax on the backpacks that children use to carry their
books to school."
The 25-member Teaming Against Taxes coalition includes the
American Recreation Coalition, National Association of RV Parks and
Campgrounds, National Ski Areas Association, Outdoor Recreation
Coalition of America, Recreation Vehicle Industry Association and
Sports Industries of America.