Gym Tax?

Yes you read that right the State of Pennslyvania, more specifically, the Pennsylvania Legislature

…are seriously considering charging people sales tax when they join a gym.

According the the same news story 61% of Pennsylvanians are overweight. This tax will be a 6% tax on gym memberships!

So the thought behind this is to tax the ones that are trying to stay healthy. Healthy living by more people should lower health care costs since more people will be healthy. If 61% of Pennsylvanians are overweight shouldn’t the state try to encourage better health rather than taxing it?

By my math skills 61% is more than 39% which are the non overweight people. I am guessing gym membership is lower than the 39%. So why not tax the non gym members? Tax the unhealthy? Tax the overweight? You could make a lot more money that way, and then you’d encourage folks to join a gym, or to lose weight.

I hate taxes, especially when they make Zero sense.

Oh and this tax is lumped with a few other taxes that really seem like they all belong together…

tanning salons, tattoo parlors, limousine rides, as well as books and music downloaded from the Internet.

Let’s fight back, lets tax the State Legislature for their stupidity.

3 Comments so far

  1. suzanne (unregistered) on January 26th, 2006 @ 1:12 pm

    I wonder if piercing salons are lumped in with tattoo parlors…

  2. suzanne (unregistered) on January 26th, 2006 @ 1:28 pm

    PS: You missed a bold tag, Ian…

  3. Ian (unregistered) on January 26th, 2006 @ 1:58 pm

    yep I did, thanks for the awesome eye, how did you see that? This damn moveable type. I keep thinking I can use it’s buttons to add the bold and the blockquote, but I really should just manually do it. For some reason it likes to get goofy with where it puts itself…

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