First bicycle tax in nation leaving bike-crazy Oregon riders crazy.

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In Oregon, a state known for its avid bicycling culture, the state Legislature’s approval of the first bike tax in the nation has fallen flat with riders. Democratic Gov. Kate Brown is expected to sign the sweeping $5.3 billion transportation package, which includes a $15 excise tax on the sale of bicycles costing more than $200 with a wheel diameter of at least 26 inches. Even though the funding has been earmarked for improvements that will benefit cyclists, the tax has managed to irk both anti-tax Republicans and environmentally conscious bikers. BikePortland publisher Jonathan Maus called it “an unprecedented step in the wrong direction.” “We are taxing the healthiest, most inexpensive, most environmentally friendly, most efficient and most economically sustainable form of transportation ever devised by the human species,” Mr. Maus said.

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3 thoughts on “First bicycle tax in nation leaving bike-crazy Oregon riders crazy.

  1. There are more fruitcakes living in Oregon per capita than in CA.
    This is the state where they recently signed into law that an individual personal driver license didn’t require a gender designation. That’s right, don’t pick M or F but O for other.

    It’s nice for those living in the land of OZ to get taxed like the rest of us. I’m no fan of taxes, but the loons there have had no sales taxes and expect things and programs to run well. The land of crying lefty tree huggers has finally taken one for the team, not ours, but theirs.

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