Scalise Works to Drain Lockage Tax from President's Budget
Congressman Steve Scalise today sent a letter to Peter Orszag, President Obama's Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), urging him to remove the lock usage tax from the FY 2010 Budget. There are 23 other Members of Congress from around the country that have signed on to Scalise's bi-partisan letter.
"Raising taxes on the shipping industry or any industry during tough economic times will lead to more job losses and higher costs for consumers," Scalise said. "We want to let the White House know there is bipartisan opposition to this proposed tax."
The proposed tax would more than double the taxes that tug boats and barges currently pay, which would lead to increased costs for consumers.