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Two taxing situations in Ohio and New York

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. If Ohio lawmakers grant Gov. John Kasich’s budget request, it will be a triple tax whammy for boat dealers. First, Kasich’s budget would chop […]

Door is about to close forever on BP oil spill claims

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. It was the worst spill in history. And, although it was years ago, scientists still see ongoing damage in the five Gulf states (Florida, […]

ABC and MDCE have offers you can’t refuse

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. For those attending the ABC this year, or for anyone still considering it, a special […]

Marine council sets MRAA political agenda

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. In announcing the recommendations, council chairwoman Nicki Polan (executive director of the Michigan Boating Industries Association) said “The MTAs want the board to know […]

Great slogans can make a huge difference

Most people don’t know freelance writer and boating enthusiast Brian Carey. As a business writer for Intuit, his articles and blogs cover a variety of topics. And, when I can vividly recall one of them 1-1/2 years later, it tells me his thoughts are worth considering today. Specifically, I’m referring to his article “Lessons From […]

Online retailers’ tax-free days are numbered

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. First, in a surprising announcement, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy said that the […]

What do customers want most?

I boarded my Southwest Airlines flight at Detroit Metro Airport, buckled up in a window seat and pulled out the magazine from the seat pocket in front of me. My eyes were drawn to a greeting page from Southwest chairman and CEO Gary C. Kelly entitled “Back to Basics.” Now I must say I would […]

All taxes are not created equal

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. The federal gas tax isn’t getting much press right now but the Highway Trust Fund is […]

The future of recreational fishing is at stake

Tuesday’s Dealer Outlook called for increased penalties for commercial fisherman who break the law as something that should be considered in the upcoming reauthorization of the Magnuson-Stevens Act. But there’s much more that should be accomplished, particularly as related to recreational fishing. So just what is the Magnuson-Stevens Act? It’s the primary law governing fisheries […]

Stiffer penalties needed for illegal commercial fishing

Red snapper? Red grouper? It’s a red alert for saltwater anglers and the dealers who serve them as we approach this year’s reauthorization of the Magnuson-Stevens Act, the primary law governing fisheries in federal waters. Moreover, there needs to be increased penalties for commercial fishermen who break the law and foreign vessels illegally taking fish […]

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