The tree growers are in favor of this? (read the article here) I think they should form their own association and collect their own fees and get their own ads. Just me thinking that is a lot of 15 cents to be misappropriated somewhere. Besides we have a dvr so we don't "see" many commercials...
President Obama’s Agriculture Department today announced that it will impose a new 15-cent charge on all fresh Christmas trees—the Christmas Tree Tax—to support a new Federal program to improve the image and marketing of Christmas trees.
In the Federal Register of November 8, 2011, Acting Administrator of Agricultural Marketing David R. Shipman announced that the Secretary of Agriculture will appoint a Christmas Tree Promotion Board. The purpose of the Board is to run a “program of promotion, research, evaluation, and information designed to strengthen the Christmas tree industry’s position in the marketplace; maintain and expend existing markets for Christmas trees; and to carry out programs, plans, and projects designed to provide maximum benefits to the Christmas tree industry” (7 CFR 1214.46(n)). And the program of “information” is to include efforts to “enhance the image of Christmas trees and the Christmas tree industry in the United States” (7 CFR 1214.10).
To pay for the new Federal Christmas tree image improvement and marketing program, the Department of Agriculture imposed a 15-cent fee on all sales of fresh Christmas trees by sellers of more than 500 trees per year (7 CFR 1214.52). And, of course, the Christmas tree sellers are free to pass along the 15-cent Federal fee to consumers who buy their Christmas trees. (read the whole article here)
I personally will not be paying the "non-tax" as we have several artificial trees. Not that I don't love the smell of the annual Christmas tree but the kids (dogs and cat) love to run through the house when we are not home. The tree is a natural hiding place.
I am too busy thinking about Thanksgiving at the moment to ponder my dwindling Christmas spirit. Like Scarlet, I will think about that tomorrow.
Do you have the Christmas spirit yet?