It’s one of those good-news, bad-news day. On the plus side, swipe fees have surfaced again, renewing the battle for retailers, while the U.S. House of Representatives votes to drain the Highway Trust Fund.
The marine industry and its many partners are in Washington, D.C., this week for the American Boating Congress. They’re telling lawmakers about the the importance of the nation’s recreational boating industry and its overall $121 billion annual economic impact, 35,000 small businesses and the 650,000 jobs it impacts.
Here’s an idea: since Congress has refused to raise the minimum wage, let’s run an end around by changing the rules regarding who qualifies for overtime pay. It’s the latest philosophy coming out of the White House, a move that will ensure the U.S. can fly a regulation-nation banner.
Ohio dealers are in a heated battle to prevent tax increases, while dealers in New York are fighting to keep a new tax policy. In both cases, it’s a full-court press.
After BP’s Deepwater Horizon platform exploded and sank in the Gulf of Mexico five years ago, more than 200 million gallons of crude flowed into the waters for 87 agonizing days.
An important webinar about the upcoming American Boating Congress from May 11-13 and the deadline for big savings on the registration fee for this year’s Marine Dealer Conference & Expo, which runs Nov. 15-18 are both worth checking out now.
The Advisory Council of Marine Associations recently submitted its annual resolutions for political action to the board of the Marine Retailers Association of the Americas and the board endorsed the recommendations.
Are we approaching a time when Internet sellers will be required to collect sales tax on all sales in the same way brick-and-mortar retailers do? It appears the issue is alive again following two related events that came down last month.
Some taxes are good and some are bad. More specifically, the federal gas tax and the death tax are worthy of attention these days. After all, Washington is talking tax code revisions and revenue increases and that’s always scary.
Today is for “the wearin’ of the green.” But if you’re a Michigan dealer who exhibited in the recent 23rd annual Spring Boating Expo, it’s more likely “the bankin’ of the green.” That, and an unexpected group joining our industry’s call for changes in the Renewable Fuels Standard, leads today’s blog.
I’m tired of writing about ethanol and I’ll bet you’re tired of reading it. But winning the battle to halt ethanol’s march has never been more likely than it is now in the current Congress and it’s critical that all marine dealers take time to weigh in now.
You just got a seat on your marine trade association’s board of directors? Congrats — it’s a clear vote of confidence and respect to be elected by your fellow members to serve. But after the applause and handshakes, you should not be confused about the serious responsibility you’ve just been handed.
You’ve probably heard of the Boating Infrastructure Grant program, affectionately dubbed the “Big P” by those of us who have long cheered the benefits of seeing federal dollars spent to support recreational boating. It does things the industry couldn’t do for itself.
From the Gulf of Mexico to the Great Lakes, issues including red snapper, Asian carp and dangerous algae blooms are getting major attention. And they very well should because they directly impact boating.
There might never be a better time to effect changes in public policy than this year with a friendly Congress and key issues impacting the marine industry on the table.
Starting off this New Year, it’s notable that consumer confidence keeps rolling and even the tax man reminds boating of favorable treatments.
At opposite ends of the country, in Nevada and Florida, meetings and hearings are slated to get under way today to examine everything from zebra mussels to sea cow protections and their impacts on recreational boating.
An inspector from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration walks into a dealership and asks to see the required posted notices to all employees. Regrettably, some aren’t there, others are out of date. That will be a $7,000 fine (per occurrence) for non-compliance, the man from the government says.
You’ve gotta love the fact that consumers are paying much less for gasoline and, therefore, have more cash to spend. It’s better for the economy than any government stimulus program and it bodes well for the marine industry.
Seeing no gain of yardage in the ethanol game, the Environmental Protection Agency “quick kicked” by announcing it will further delay, until sometime in 2015, a determination of the quantity of ethanol required to go into the nation’s gas supply for 2014.
If reports from more than a dozen marine trade associations from around the country are any indication, efforts are in high gear to pursue favorable legislation for the marine industry.
As the lame-duck session of the 113th Congress that has raised accomplishing nothing to a high art gets under way, the Advisory Council of Marine Associations will tackle a wide-ranging agenda at its annual meeting this weekend in Orlando.
In what appears to be a contradiction, gasoline prices are plummeting while funds from gasoline sales going into the Sportfish & Boating Trust Fund are rising. And that’s good for boating.
Let us pray for common sense.
Getting a “no” can be good or bad. Just look at the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals or the Federal Reserve Board.
I turned on the TV in Chicago last night and what did I see? It was a well-done Go RVing commercial. Here I am, I thought, in the nation’s second-largest market and I see the RV industry appropriately hitting it with a slick message. And I’m immediately ticked.
A shout-out to Nautique president and CEO Bill Yeargin for stepping up to a deal with CBS as the title sponsor of the Nautique U.S. Open of Water Skiing.
Wisconsin warned boaters and swimmers that there’s blue-green algae in their lakes. Toledo, Ohio’s recent “don’t-drink-the-water” was a national disgrace. People who touch or ingest water containing it (microcystin toxin) can become sick. Certainly not a climate in which we can grow boating. Is it time, then, for the marine industry to take a page […]
It’s a conundrum.
In Chicago, it is said, dead people still vote. But until now, I didn’t realize Chicago could be the seat of brain-dead office holders.
There might be no other state where boating groups are more engaged in efforts to secure the marine industry’s future than in Florida, proving once again that our industry’s marine trades associations do what individual dealers couldn’t accomplish by themselves.
Talk about warming: Discover Boating continues to be hot, while what to do about the planet remains a dilemma.
Taking a page from the National Marine Manufacturers Association playbook, state and local marine trade associations should be active in encouraging the formation of caucuses in state legislatures that are sensitive to pro-boating policies.
Kudos to the National Marine Manufacturers Association and BoatUS as they fight fire with fire by supporting the American Petroleum Institute’s launch of ads urging Congress to repeal the Renewable Fuel Standard and its disastrous ethanol mandate.
The Environmental Protection Agency says that summer algae blooms are one of the nation’s most widespread, costly and challenging environmental problems. Summer algae blooms (which derive from excess phosphorus) are currently polluting the nation’s lakes and bays from the Chesapeake to the Pacific Northwest. And it’s game on in what’s going to be a battle […]
We are an industry sensitive to price increases at the gas pump. The higher the price, the more negative the pressure on our ability to attract prospective boaters. So when a significant hike in the federal gas tax is being pushed, it grabs our attention.