There are many things that government does that shock me with its utter stupidity and narrow-mindedness, but this now is near the top of the list. The DC Council voted a preliminary YES to imposing a 5.75% tax on gym, health club, and special studio membership charges.
Although I know it looks like an easy way to squeeze money from a demographic that likely can afford it, that’s a overly-generalized assumption, and it ignores the bigger picture: in a time when obesity and diabetes are on the rise, we should not throw more roadblocks in the way of people getting more fit. If anything, we should make joining a fitness center easier!
This proposal is absurd since DC was just voted the fittest city in America, the DC Council now wants to basically tax the healthy, who put less of a burden on the city EMS Services, Health Care System, Disability Payments, and productivity and revenue lost to employees calling out sick.
Please voice your opposition before the proposal becomes law on July 1st. There is an online petition at http://www.change.org/petitions/dc-city-council-say-no-to-dc-gym-tax.