The U.S. Department of Agriculture is going to delay implementation and 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.Delaying seems to be the thing to do for Team Obama these days...
White House spokesman Matt Lehrich told ABC News that despite some media coverage, “I can tell you unequivocally that the Obama Administration is not taxing Christmas trees. What’s being talked about here is an industry group deciding to impose fees on itself to fund a promotional campaign, similar to how the dairy producers have created the ‘Got Milk?’ campaign.”
Nonetheless, the criticisms have apparently had an impact as the program is now being delayed.
“USDA is going to delay implementation and revisit this action,” Lehrich said.
Wednesday, November 09, 2011
The Christmas tree tax (see below) has been terminated: