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<meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=utf-8"><meta name="ProgId" content="Word.Document"><meta name="Generator" content="Microsoft Word 12"><meta name="Originator" content="Microsoft Word 12"><link rel="File-List" href="file:///C:%5CDOCUME%7E1%5COwner%5CLOCALS%7E1%5CTemp%5Cmsohtmlclip1%5C01%5Cclip_filelist.xml"><o:smarttagtype namespaceuri="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:smarttags" name="place"></o:smarttagtype><o:smarttagtype namespaceuri="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:smarttags" name="country-region"></o:smarttagtype><o:smarttagtype namespaceuri="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:smarttags" name="State"></o:smarttagtype><o:smarttagtype namespaceuri="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:smarttags" name="City"></o:smarttagtype><o:smarttagtype namespaceuri="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:smarttags" name="PlaceName"></o:smarttagtype><o:smarttagtype namespaceuri="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:smarttags" name="PlaceType"></o:smarttagtype><link rel="themeData" href="file:///C:%5CDOCUME%7E1%5COwner%5CLOCALS%7E1%5CTemp%5Cmsohtmlclip1%5C01%5Cclip_themedata.thmx"><link rel="colorSchemeMapping" href="file:///C:%5CDOCUME%7E1%5COwner%5CLOCALS%7E1%5CTemp%5Cmsohtmlclip1%5C01%5Cclip_colorschememapping.xml"><style></style><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 12pt; line-height: 115%; font-family: "Times New Roman","serif";">June 7, 2010<o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 12pt; line-height: 115%; font-family: "Times New Roman","serif";"><o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 12pt; line-height: 115%; font-family: "Times New Roman","serif";">The Honorable John L. Mica<o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 12pt; line-height: 115%; font-family: "Times New Roman","serif";">Ranking Member<o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 12pt; line-height: 115%; font-family: "Times New Roman","serif";">Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure<o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal"><st1:place w:st="on"><st1:country-region w:st="on"><span style="font-size: 12pt; line-height: 115%; font-family: "Times New Roman","serif";">U.S.</st1:country-region></st1:place><span style="font-size: 12pt; line-height: 115%; font-family: "Times New Roman","serif";">House of Representatives<o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 12pt; line-height: 115%; font-family: "Times New Roman","serif";">2165 <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:placename w:st="on">Rayburn</st1:placename> <st1:placename w:st="on">House</st1:placename> <st1:placename w:st="on">Office</st1:placename> <st1:placetype w:st="on">Building</st1:placetype></st1:place><o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal"><st1:city w:st="on"><span style="font-size: 12pt; line-height: 115%; font-family: "Times New Roman","serif";">Washington</st1:city><span style="font-size: 12pt; line-height: 115%; font-family: "Times New Roman","serif";">,<st1:state w:st="on">DC</st1:state> 20515<o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 12pt; line-height: 115%; font-family: "Times New Roman","serif";"><o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 12pt; line-height: 115%; font-family: "Times New Roman","serif";">By fax:202-226-0821<o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 12pt; line-height: 115%; font-family: "Times New Roman","serif";"><o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 12pt; line-height: 115%; font-family: "Times New Roman","serif";">Dear Representative Mica:<o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 12pt; line-height: 115%; font-family: "Times New Roman","serif";"><o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="text-indent: 0.5in;"><span style="font-size: 12pt; line-height: 115%; font-family: "Times New Roman","serif";">H.R. 3619, the CoastGuard Authorization <span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">Act of 2010, which theHouse of Representatives passed in October 2009, includes a provision, Section301, which would allow state and local governments to impose unlimited levelsof sales taxes on goods and services provided to or by watercraft on navigablewaters subject to federal jurisdiction.The version of H.R. 3619 recently passed by the Senate on May 7, 2010(which substituted the text of the Senate bill, S. 1194, for the House-passedlanguage) contains no similar provision.We understand that the House and Senate will now attempt to work out thedifferences between the two versions and to reach agreement on a finalbill. On behalf of Florida?s charter fishing and guide services we are askingfor your support in ensuring that the House sales tax provision, or anysimilar provision, is not included in any final Coast Guard reauthorizationmeasure. <o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="text-indent: 0.5in;"><span style="font-size: 12pt; line-height: 115%; font-family: "Times New Roman","serif";"><o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="text-indent: 0.5in;"><span style="font-size: 12pt; line-height: 115%; font-family: "Times New Roman","serif";">Florida?s charter boatcaptains ? many of whom are small, family-operated businesses?provide qualityoutdoor fishing and recreation services to many visitors to our state. As you know, the economics of our state havenot been good recently. With 12%unemployment in April, we cannot understand how Congress would propose to addadditional taxing authority on small businesses on navigable waters whileexempting foreign vessels, which is the affect of Section 301 of H.R. 3619. <o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="text-indent: 0.5in;"><span style="font-size: 12pt; line-height: 115%; font-family: "Times New Roman","serif";"><o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="text-indent: 0.5in;"><span style="font-size: 12pt; line-height: 115%; font-family: "Times New Roman","serif";">Charter boat captains,outfitters and guides generally run trips on federally navigable rivers thatcross multiple jurisdictional boundaries.Many of these jurisdictions, seeking to address their depleted budgetresources, already are seeking to raise tax and fee revenues from these trips. Charter fishermen already pay significantfees to fish in federally navigable waters.<o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="text-indent: 0.5in;"><span style="font-size: 12pt; line-height: 115%; font-family: "Times New Roman","serif";"><o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="text-indent: 0.5in;"><span style="font-size: 12pt; line-height: 115%; font-family: "Times New Roman","serif";">The current law allowsstate and local jurisdictions to impose fees to recover their costs ofproviding services to outfitters and guides operating on federally navigablewaters when a service is provided or to enhance safety of security, such asboat registration fees. In fact, outfittersand guides often already pay multiple layers of taxes and fees to state andlocal, as well as federal, governments under existing authorities. <o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="text-indent: 0.5in;"><span style="font-size: 12pt; line-height: 115%; font-family: "Times New Roman","serif";"><o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="text-indent: 0.5in;"><span style="font-size: 12pt; line-height: 115%; font-family: "Times New Roman","serif";">The House-passed billseeks to amend a more than 100-year old doctrine established in the Rivers andHarbors Appropriation Act of 1884, when local governments were taxing goods andservices at every stop a vessel made in <st1:country-region w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">U.S.</st1:place></st1:country-region> waters. This doctrine was reaffirmed as recently as2002, when Congress enacted provisions of the Maritime Transportation SecurityAct of 2002 clarifying the only circumstances when a local jurisdiction mayimpose a tax or fee on vessels operating on navigable waters. H.R. 3619 will once again lead to theproblems that the relevant provisions of the Rivers and Harbors Act andMaritime Transportation Security Act were enacted to address. Local governments will interpret the new salestax authority broadly and burden small businesses with costly legal battlesthey cannot afford to escape illegal taxation.Indeed, some states and local governments already have interpreted thisprovision to authorize local amusement and other taxes, which can be layered onsmall businesses by multiple jurisdictions, under the guise of ?sales taxes.?<o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="text-indent: 0.5in;"><span style="font-size: 12pt; line-height: 115%; font-family: "Times New Roman","serif";"><o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="text-indent: 0.5in;"><span style="font-size: 12pt; line-height: 115%; font-family: "Times New Roman","serif";">Small seasonalbusinesses engaged in travel and tourism already are struggling to survive inthe current economy. Many charter boats,outfitters and guides already operate with very small margins. Authorizing new taxes and fees on these smallseasonal businesses, while exempting vessels primarily engaged in foreigncommerce, will push many of these businesses to the precipice, hurting thebusiness owners and their employees, as well as depriving the public of themany healthy, outdoor recreational opportunities that these businesses exist toprovide. The types of businessesimpacted by this provision include charter fishermen, operators of float trips,inland fishing guides, kayak tours, and similar trips and boat tours.<o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="text-indent: 0.5in;"><span style="font-size: 12pt; line-height: 115%; font-family: "Times New Roman","serif";"><o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 12pt; line-height: 115%; font-family: "Times New Roman","serif";"> Wegreatly appreciate your consideration of our concerns, and urge your support inensuring that the provisions in Section 301 of H.R. 3619, or any similarlanguage, are not included in any final Coast Guard reauthorizationmeasure. If we can provide anyadditional information to you or your staff, please do not hesitate to contactme or AOA?s <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:city w:st="on">Washington</st1:city>, <st1:state w:st="on">DC</st1:state></st1:place> representative, Jonathan Simon ([email protected] / (202) 298-1932). <o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 12pt; line-height: 115%; font-family: "Times New Roman","serif";"><o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left: 253pt;"><span style="font-size: 12pt; line-height: 115%; font-family: "Times New Roman","serif";">Sincerely,<o:p></o:p></p>
 
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