The Obama administration has decided to delay implementation of the fee that would have allowed the Christmas tree industry to create a promotional campaign to encourage people to buy fresh-cut pine trees.
White House Assistant Press Secretary Matt Lehrich, stated that the USDA, “is going to delay implementation and revisit this action.”
The Christmas tree tax would have implemented a 15-cent-per-tree charge on Christmas tree suppliers who sold or imported over 500 trees a year.
Agricultural Department spokesman Michael T. Jarvis, stated that, “most growers are in favor of the fee because it would ultimately help their bottom line.”
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