Governor wants to tax golf, auto repairs
Governors across the country are trying to come up with creative ways to keep the treasury full at a time when tax revenues are falling. California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger wants to help close a nearly $42 billion budget deficit by taxing things like rounds of golf, auto repairs, veterinary care, and amusement park and sporting event admissions. New York Gov. David Paterson is proposing levies on MP3 downloads, taxi rides, movies, concerts and more. Pet groomers, pool cleanings, and even dating and diaper services could be taxed in other states. The proposals have several services and industries being targeted complaining about those that aren't. And critics say actual revenues won't match expectations, and will instead lead to layoffs and fewer customers.
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