Your editorial (TNT, 8-20) regarding the Harbor Maintenance Tax (HMT) was way off the mark. The editorial board is certainly correct when it states that the HMT harms Washington’s (and America’s) economy. But the proposal being pushed by Sens. Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell would make the problem worse, not better.
If the Murray-Cantwell proposal to extend the HMT to freight entering by land took effect, some shipping companies – most likely the ones with deeper pockets – would sullenly comply. But other companies – most likely smaller shipping companies without ample money and connections – would instead think …