Utah Rares Up

Since Wright Patman began his anti-chain-store crusade in 1935, the stores have read little good news. But last week Utah gave them some. The citizens rared up and threw an anti-chain tax for a loss. By Utah's constitution, a petition of 10% of the voters can set aside any law, make it subject to a Statewide referendum. To force suspension of their new chain-store tax, Utah voters used this right for the first time.

Credit for the coup d'etat went to the Utah Chain Stores Association, whose members operate about 400 of the State's 6,400 stores. The tax was...

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