California Vet Service Tax Fails; Might Resurface

Last week, the California State Senate and Assembly rejected Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's proposal to balance the budget, which included the addition of a sales tax to veterinary services.  

Schwarzenegger declared a fiscal emergency for the state of California Dec. 1 and called for a legislative special session with the new legislature, which was sworn in on the same day. During this special session, all previous proposals will be revisited, and the tax on veterinary services could be called to vote again.

Phil Boerner, communications and public relations manager of the California Veterinary Medical Association, said the group will continue to monitor the proposal.

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