Rep. Speedy has introduced HB 1419 which would give people a tax deduction for gym memberships. I actually kind of like this one. The deduction would be the “sum of the expenditures to the fitness facility” with a cap of $500 for an individual filer and $1,000 for a married couple filing jointly or an individual with one or more dependent children. “Fitness facility” means “real property and equipment that is located in Indiana and made available for public use by an organization for the purpose of enabling patrons to engage in various forms of physical exercise.”
The idea is obviously to create an incentive to get Hoosiers off their collective behinds and start moving. Also, it would be a boon to gym owners – and, for various reasons, I’m friends with several. So, I’m biased.