Janine Hanson, Moorhead , Published August 17 2013
Letter: Lien to blame for wheel feesThe Clay County Commission recently voted to approve a new wheelage tax of $10 that we (in Clay County) will have to pay every year when we go to the Department of Motor Vehicles to renew the registration for our car or truck. This was a result of Rep. Ben Lien’s, DFL-Twin Valley, vote for the transportation bill that authorized counties across the state to raise this regressive tax unilaterally without public approval.
All in all, Lien helped pass $2.4 billion in taxes and fees last session, and Moorhead will be hit especially hard by this wave of new taxes.
As a border community, Moorhead businesses compete each and every day for customers who have the choice of driving a few extra minutes to shop in Fargo. Convenience stores are already seeing lower sales, thanks to the massive $1.60 increase in a pack of cigarettes, sending smokers into North Dakota to pay significantly less.
New taxes on warehousing services and machinery repair and maintenance will send more jobs and revenue across the border, as well. I just don’t see how Lien could have voted for these policies, which are sure to have a negative impact on our local economy.
Next time you go to the DMV, next time you pay more for that pack of cigarettes, or next time you or someone you know loses a job as a result of these burdensome new taxes, be sure to remember that Lien made it all possible.