Monday, March 15, 2010
Rockland Hikes Cruise Ship Fee
Give me a break!
People and entrepreneurs worked overtime to attract cruise ships to the area. Then a couple of stupid bureaucrats decide to tax the crap out of passengers.
Granted.....a $6 is not going to break passengers.
But when are we going to dump the welfare state and mentality once and for all?
Look......one of the reasons no one is coming to Maine and opening a business is the state and local governments tax the living daylights out of them!
New businesses are not being started by people moving to Maine...generally speaking.
To some people that's great...they don't want anyone moving to Maine.
But if we don't stop taxing, regulating, and burdening business owners and entrepreneurs, Maine will NOT become the next Switzerland......it'll become a bankrupt third world pothole.
Here's the deal..........................
By Stephen Betts
Rockland — "Mega" cruise ships will be required to pay $6 per passenger if they want to come to Rockland, city councilors agreed March 8.
The council voted 4-1 to hike the fee from the $1 per passenger that had been in place. The Rockland Harbor Management Commission had asked the council to impose an $8 per passenger fee on huge cruise ships that come into port, citing what it said are problems other communities have with the vessels.
The council's vote came after a dozen people spoke out on the issue, with a majority asking the council to impose the higher recommended fee.
Former Councilor Joseph Steinberger said the council should not sell the city short. He also urged councilors to listen to the recommendations of the committees that do the research.