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April 8, 2014

Can't Compete? Get the Government to Give You Money from a Special Tax.

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The Christmas Tree Fee Quietly Takes Root: A federal regulation that took effect this week imposes a 15-cent assessment on every Christmas tree cut and sold in the U.S. or imported into the country.
This week the U.S. Department of Agriculture put a present under its tree: a regulation that creates a marketing program to match the heavy advertising the fake-tree industry does so well. Included in the regulation, which was first published in 2011 but takes effect now, is the 15-cent assessment to pay for the program.

Posted by gerardvanderleun at April 8, 2014 9:32 AM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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This coming christmas will mark the 26th year in a row for our old fake tree, so retroactively we will have saved 26x.15=$3.90, and I bet we can get another 26 years out of it.

Posted by: ghostsniper at April 8, 2014 2:39 PM

"... Included in the regulation, which was first published in 2011 but takes effect now, is the 15-cent assessment to pay for the program ..." reads to me that the fifteen cents (fifteen cents, really?" goes to themselves just to get a committee going.

What they need is a good hard punch in the face. As you commenters may have noticed that is my reaction today. A panel of international experts has designated this day First Annual Punch in the Face Day for everybody that pisses me off.

Posted by: chasmatic at April 8, 2014 2:53 PM

The local rag portrayed this as a big help for Christmas Tree Farms: by charging more for their product and forcing them to pay a tax, apparently.

Posted by: Christopher Taylor at April 8, 2014 9:27 PM

@chas, now if the FAPFD was made weekly some progress might be made.

Posted by: ghostsniper at April 9, 2014 4:29 AM

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