Tag Archives: Advocacy

NMMA provides state-by-state advocacy recaps

NMMA recently released a state-by-state recap of the association's advocacy efforts for September in two different regions. Northeast Region Sales Tax: New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy’s final budget does not include any tax changes for the boating industry. Governor Murphy had previously proposed removing the reduced boat sales tax as well as the sales tax cap in his budget proposal. This ...

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BoatPAC to host presidential debate virtual watch party

Made in America event

On Tuesday, September 29, BoatPAC — the joint federal political action committee of the MRAA and the NMMA — will host a virtual watch party for the first presidential debate between President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden. The event begins at 8:30 p.m. ET and will be headlined by MRAA president, Matt Gruhn and NMMA president, Frank ...

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President Trump commits to expanding E15

Last weekend, President Donald Trump promised to loosen a restriction on the sale of higher-ethanol fuel blends like E15, which drew strong objections from the recreational boating community. Once final, the policy change would allow E15 to be dispensed from pumps made for lower-biofuel blends, including E10. In response, NMMA urged the administration to reverse its decision. According to NMMA, ...

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Georgia Representative visits Chaparral Boats

Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.) toured the Chaparral Boats Inc. manufacturing facility recently to learn more about the company and the recreational boat industry, as well as watch the manufacturing process first-hand. The Chaparral Boats facility covers more than one million square feet and employs 800 full-time employees in South Georgia.  During the tour, Collins and the Chaparral team, led by ...

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NMMA recaps recent advocacy efforts

In the 10 weeks between March and early June, governors issued nearly 2,000 emergency orders, proclamations, and directives related to the COVID-19 crisis among additional issues. As states continue to relax stay-at-home orders, the NMMA advocacy team said it continues to monitor re-opening plans across the county as well as the impact on boating access, manufacturing, retail and large public ...

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NMMA, outdoor recreation partners champion industry stimulus needs

NMMA said it is actively working in partnership with marine industry stakeholders and the Outdoor Recreation Roundtable (ORR) to call on Congress and the administration to address imminent needs of the recreational boating and broader outdoor recreation industry in forthcoming federal relief packages to support small businesses and protect employees. In a letter to congressional leadership, NMMA was joined by the ...

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Cobalt hosts Kansas State Treasurer

In early March, Cobalt Boats was visited by Jake LaTurner, the Treasurer of the state of Kansas, who was reviewing the contributions of regional businesses to the economic performance of the state of Kansas and nation as a whole. During his factory tour, LaTurner said he was impressed by the dedication of Cobalt’s employees and their passion for the work ...

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NMMA Canada calls for support during ‘Recreational Boating Day on the Hill’

Today, NMMA Canada members, together with boat dealers and yacht brokers are on Parliament Hill meeting with dozens of parliamentarians, Ministers’ offices, and government officials to promote a message of competitiveness and job creation at the annual ‘Recreational Boating Day on the Hill’.  “The recreational boating sector is a huge contributor to Canada’s economy, adding $5.6 billion of GDP and ...

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MRAA approves ACMA Resolution for 2020 for advocacy efforts

The Marine Retailers Association of the Americas’ Board of Directors voted to adopt the Advisory Council of Marine Associations’ (ACMA) policy resolution to help direct the MRAA’s legislative and advocacy efforts for 2020. ACMA, created to advise the MRAA on its annual policy agenda, is comprised of state, regional and national marine trade associations, and met at MRAA’s 2019 Dealer ...

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Indiana works toward office of outdoor recreation development

Last week, under the leadership of Indiana State Senator Blake Doriot, the Indiana Senate Natural Resources committee unanimously approved Senate Concurrent Resolution #15, which calls for establishing an Indiana Office of Outdoor Recreation Development. In response, NMMA said it applauded Indiana legislators for recognizing the importance that the outdoor recreation economy has on the Hoosier state. The resolution outlines the priorities ...

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