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Arnold Schwarzenegger Under Fire For Veterinary Tax Plans

The California Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) today announced a statewide campaign by veterinarians and consumers opposing Governor Schwarzenegger’s proposed tax on veterinary services.
The current proposal to tax veterinary medical care is contained in the administration’s “Governor’s Budget: Special Session 2008-09″ document. The proposal recommends that on February 1, 2009, the sales and use tax be broadened to include services, such as “appliance and furniture repair, vehicle repair, golf, and veterinarian services.”
“Subjecting complicated veterinary medical procedures and treatments to taxation would be the same as taxing health care for children in California,” said William Grant, II, DVM, president of the CVMA. “What will happen to the sick or injured pets of people already struggling with potential home foreclosures and job losses? How much more heartbreak is it fair to ask of our fellow citizens?”
The CVMA is asking its membership of more than 6,000 veterinarians to write letters to the governor noting [...]

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