GOP LAW­MAKER FLOATS BI­CY­CLE TAX IN STATE

The Denver Post - - NEWS - Brian Ea­son, The Den­ver Post

A top Repub­li­can state law­maker this week floated a pro­posal to tax bi­cy­cles to help pay for the state’s in­fra­struc­ture needs, an idea that would make Colorado only the sec­ond state to do so.

Sen. Ray Scott, the as­sis­tant ma­jor­ity leader from Grand Junc­tion, wrote on Face­book that he plans to in­tro­duce some sort of bi­cy­cle tax in the wake of the Ore­gon leg­is­la­ture vot­ing this month to levy a flat $15 sales tax on bikes val­ued at more than $200.

“Maybe it should just be a li­cense plate?” Scott wrote on his Face­book page. “What do you think?”

What­ever form it takes, the sug­ges­tion is sure to in­flame long-stand­ing ten­sions be­tween mo­torists and cy­clists, with cy­cling ad­vo­cates al­ready promis­ing to fight the pro­posal.

“Bi­cy­cles are part of the so­lu­tion for our roads, not the prob­lem,” Bi­cy­cle Colorado wrote in a post so­lic­it­ing do­na­tions.

The tax would be a drop in the bucket to­wards the state’s pro­jected $9 bil­lion in in­fra­struc­ture needs over the next decade. The Ore­gon tax is ex­pected to gen­er­ate less than $1.4 mil­lion a year, ac­cord­ing to a state rev­enue anal­y­sis.

But there are dif­fer­ences be­tween the two states. For one, Ore­gon doesn’t charge state sales taxes. In Colorado, bi­cy­cles are al­ready sub­ject to a 2.9 per­cent state sales tax plus lo­cal taxes. In Ore­gon, the bike tax was part of a larger pack­age.

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