Weekly 5: Vessel cap tax fails in Maryland

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April 2, 2013
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The BI Weekly 5 is a collection of tips, news and data affecting the boating industry this week. Be sure to look for the BI Weekly 5 every Tuesday on BoatingIndustry.com.

1. Vessel cap tax fails in Maryland

Efforts by the boating industry and its supporters to get a place a $10,000 cap Maryland’s vessel excise tax didn’t make it out of committee.

The legislation was amended in the state senate to remove the tax cap, but did include some good news for the industry with additional money going to the state’s Waterway Improvement Fund, which funds dredging and other projects. Industry advocates say the cap is needed for Maryland to compete with neighboring Delaware – with no tax – and Virginia – with a $2,000 cap.

2. Michigan could toughen boating-under-influence law

Boaters in Michigan would be held to the same standards as drivers under a new bill introduced by lawmakers.

Under current law, boaters and operators of other recreational vehicles can operate under a .10 blood alcohol level compared to the .08 for drivers.

3. Report: Most small businesses don’t understand ‘Obamacare’

There are a lot of misconceptions about the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare). If you’re not sure what’s involved, you’re not alone. A recent study shows that most small business owners are “clueless” about the new law.

For more info, you can see some of the FAQs on the law in our recent coverage.

4. 4 Ways to Get Your Emails Read

Your e-newsletters and other e-marketing efforts won’t do you any good if they’re not being read. Here are four nuggets to help get people reading your e-efforts.

5. Get your business ready for mobile

Mobile web is more important than ever, but is your website ready? This article offers three tips for getting your site optimized.

Need more info? Be sure to check out our upcoming webinar on Optimizing Your Website for Mobile & SEO. You can sign up at BoatingIndustry.com/webinars.

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