2015-03-05 / Opinion

Mooring Bill is Bad for Economy

To the Editor:

Ronald Reagan once said, “Government's view on the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.”

Nothing could be more true than with the proposed mooring fee bill that Rep. Joe Trillo sponsored in the General Assembly. This will hurt Newport and Jamestown's sailing economy. This bill will increase boat mooring fees for residents by adding on a state mooring fee ranging from $150 to $500 on top of city and town mooring fees. This would double, and in some cases triple, the cost of mooring fees for boaters.

Newport alone is the sailing capital of the world and Newport makes up at least half of the $2.5 billion tourist economy of the state. With this simple knowledge, why would any legislator want to introduce a bill that would damage this? Newport's tourist and boating economy is what is right with the state. If it's not broken, don't fix it.

I would recommend to Rep. Trillo and any other state senator or representative to start actually focusing on the real problems which are job creation and making this state more business friendly.

If any citizen is as concerned as I am about this bill, I urge you to contact your local senators and representatives and state Senate President Paiva Weed and tell them to kill the mooring fee bill!

Anthony G. Spiratos
Newport

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