In recent stories I reported that the governor of two northern states have declared war on the so-called rich snowbird.
Governor Mark Dayton of Minnesota proposed a snowbird tax on residents who live 60 days to just under six months in the state.
Dayton told snowbirds that since you’re rich, you can pay more.
“It’s time snowbirds paid their fair share,” he stated.
In a separate story the Iowa Senate approved a bill intended to prevent tax evaders (their words, not mine) from using out-of-state shell corporations to avoid paying registration fees on million-dollar recreational vehicles and other luxury vehicles.
In the most recent development this new rule affecting all current and future RVers was inserted in a catch-all bill approved by Iowa legislators.
And now a third state proposes a plan to squeeze more tax dollars out of the so-called rich snowbird.
Nevada lawmakers are looking to see if they turn up more cash from snowbirds. Already the state mandates that anyone of the age of 10 who resides in the Silver State for more than 31 consecutive days must purchase a seasonal identification card at a cost of $12 (reduced to $7 for seniors).
However, if Nevada AB405 is passed into law, that mandated fee will jump to $17 for all, the RV News Service reported.
Even more odious is what’s hidden in the fine print in the bill: Bring a vehicle into Nevada, you’ll need a seasonal decal, at $18 per year. Bring your Class A motorhome and a tow vehicle, make the total decal bill $53.
The Nevada Assembly voted 40 to 1 to send the bill to the Senate for its consideration.
In an article carried by the Mojave Daily News, tourist promotion officials are shown to be more than a little concerned.
“Assembly Bill 405 reminds me of the issue with the RVers and dry camping back in 2006,” said Connie Davis, executive director of the Laughlin Chamber of Commerce.
“The economic impact that issue caused was tremendous, due to the fact that the RVers went national with the message that Laughlin doesn’t like RVs. To this day, we still haven’t recovered.
“Snowbirds and RVers bring in tourism dollars to Laughlin and the whole Tri-state area,” continued Davis.
“The perceived benefits from AB405 won’t outweigh the negative effects. Those folks will go spend their money elsewhere.”
The bill is the brain-child of sponsor Assemblyman Richard Carrillo, D-Clark County.
In an ironic twist, a view of Carrillo’s web page lists the Alliance of Retired Americans as one of his affiliations.
Just another one of those initiatives where politicians say “they’re rich, let them pay more.”
As one of “them” I can assure you I will visit another state before I will pay Nevada one dime.
The proposed tax grabs by the states of Iowa, Minnesota, and Nevada draw the contrast of what is happening in United States today. At least, let’s hope it is not a trend.
Maybe, it’s time to move to Texas!
In my many years I have come to a conclusion that one useless man is a shame, two is a law firm, and three or more is a congress.