California Veterinary Tax Removed from Budget

After a three-month battle, the California state legislature last week approved the final 2009-2010 budget, sans a proposed veterinary tax. The California Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) conducted a letter and call-in campaign to stop the nearly 10% tax that Governor Schwarzenegger proposed in November.

"We believe that this tax would have been highly inequitable in singling out the veterinary profession with the net result penalizing pet owners for caring for their pets," said CVMA President William A. Grant II, DVM. "While the state budget deficit is a significant problem the solutions that are considered should be broad based in scope, and not single out any one profession or industry. We hope that the Governor and the legislature heard our message and do not revisit this issue in future budget considerations."

The CVMA will continue to monitor future budget proposals for veterinary service taxes.

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