The White House has decided to sideline a proposed fee on Christmas trees, after the fee was ridiculed by critics as a tax on Christmas.
The 15-cent tax on Christmas trees was announced Tuesday in the Federal Register and was meant to pay for a new board tasked with promoting the Christmas tree industry. It was supported by Christmas tree growers, who wanted a stable source of revenue to fund a new marketing campaign.
But the change quickly drew complaints from Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La., and others. Scalise described the fee as a “Grinch” move by the Obama administration and vowed to fight it.
White House spokesman Matt Lehrich told Fox News on Wednesday afternoon that the administration is putting a stop to the proposal.
“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,” he said. “That said, USDA is going to delay implementation and revisit this action.”
Do I understand this right? The milk producers’ “Got Milk?” campaign is funded and run by a government board and the money is collected by the government for that purpose?
UPDATE: What do you know? Seems like it is the same.