Monday, May 24, 2010

K Street Files: Soda Makers, Gyms Ramp Up Against Tax Idea

“A new revenue study by an obscure local think tank is causing a stir among K Street heavyweights. To shore up a budget shortfall for the Washington, D.C., government, the anti-poverty Fair Budget Coalition recently proposed taxing a slew of local services and products, including pet groomers, sugary drinks, health clubs and yoga studios. Although the proposal is still in the planning stages, the American Beverage Association isn’t taking the threat lightly. A fitness industry trade association is also preparing to thwart a similar tax proposal on the sector’s membership fees, if local lawmakers formally take up the think tank’s suggestions. The Boston-based International Health, Racquet and Sportsclub Association says it’s working with D.C. Council members and local gym Results to monitor tax issues. ‘We’re trying to get a handle on what’s required here,’ IHRSA lobbyist Amy Bantham said. ‘We’ve fought this in other states, and once we’ve got our facts checked, t’s crossed and i’s dotted, then we’ll look at the necessity for an advocacy campaign.’”

1 comment:

bsimms said...

Health Clubs in the Maryland area should check out the 'Coalition for a Healthy Maryland' here:

This is one of the topics that is being addressed now.