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Obama Administration to Reconsider Christmas Tree Tax

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Obama Administration to Reconsider Christmas Tree Tax

On 11.09.11 12:39 PM posted by Brandon Stewart

In the face of a national outcry, the Obama administration has decided to delay its Christmas Tree Tax—first reported here on the Foundry—though they havenít said till when (presumably until the criticism blows over).*ABC’s Jake Tapper reports:
The U.S. Department of Agriculture is going to delay implementation a revisit a proposed new 15 cent fee on fresh-cut Christmas trees,*sources tell ABC News. The fee, requested by the National Christmas Tree Association in 2009,*was first announced in the Federal Registry yesterday, and has generated criticism of President Obama from conservative media outlets.

The program, which would have levied a 15-cent tax on “all sales of fresh Christmas trees by sellers of more than 500 trees per year” has been roundly criticized, including by several members of Congress. In a statement, Senator DeMint promised to push for a full repeal of “the single stupidest tax of all time”.

As Heritage’s David Addington noted last night:
The economy is barely growing and nine percent of the American people have no jobs.* Is a new tax on Christmas trees the best President Obama can do?

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