On behalf of the forgotten middle class of New York, I want to take this opportunity to comment on the governor's proposal to tax the fun out of our lives. In these hard economic times, we have less time, and even less money, to spend with our families. Bowling centers provide fun activities for family and friends, folks of all ages, for a modest amount of money. Putting a tax on bowling is inconsistent with what government is supposed to stand for.

The governor is concerned about the health of our residents and has proposed numerous ideas such as the Obesity Tax. Taxes levied against bowling are contrary to this goal. Bowling is a healthy physical activity, and is a sport that provides fun for all ages, races and economic groups. If the state is concerned with the health of its constituents, then it is counterproductive to tax an activity that contributes to both their physical and mental health.

Bowling is a source of income for many local charities and organizations that depend on Bowling Fundraisers Events to raise needed dollars.

A tax on bowling would disproportionately harm members of bowling leagues. Losing league members due to a sales tax would not just account for a one time revenue loss, but a year's worth of revenues instead. A quarter of these leagues are "working-class" leagues, with the remainder made up of senior, youth, and disabled citizens. Participants like these live on fixed incomes and are ill-prepared to absorb the costs of increased taxes in any aspect of their lives. A tax on bowling may be a tax on the only form of entertainment or opportunity to socialize for many moderate-income families. At times like this we need to help our forgotten middle class and not burden them with new taxes.

Frank Mormando

North and South Levittown Lanes

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