Space tourism shouldn’t be a tax-free ride for Jeff Bezos, Richard branson and other billionaires … so says Rep. Count Blumenauer, who is ready to do something.
We had the Oregon congressman in Capitol Hill on Thursday and wanted to get more details on the House bill he said he plans to bring forward soon. In fact … Blumenauer announced their plans the same day Bezos and Blue Origin launched into space.
Blumenauer’s bill is pretty straightforward … he wants the rich who travel to space for the sole purpose of tourism to pay a luxury tax. He says anyone on a commercial flight on a trip NOT focused on science research should pay the price.
Congressman says it’s like when a family goes to Legoland … the theory being that the ticket price includes taxes. To be precise, Legoland charges what it wants and is responsible for paying income taxes. Maybe it’s more like a tax on airlines or cigarettes.
The congressman says he is not opposed to space innovation. He just has strong feelings for the rich galavant in space for their own entertainment without, as he puts it, supporting the public good.
As we reported, the richest man in the world had a tough time when he thanked workers and customers for footing the bill for his 10-minute rocket trip. The comment drew the wrath of the Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez … who tears Bezos a new.
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