Government: Pay as You Use

The Federal Government has long provided specialized services—from chicken inspectors to channel buoys—for U.S. businessmen. As boss of the nation's biggest business, President Johnson insisted last week that the Government be paid more for such services. The budget he sent to Congress proposes new or increased "user" taxes that, if approved completely, would realize another $600 million for the Government. Some of the proposals, however, date back to Harry Truman's day, and even a tame Congress may considerably whittle down Johnson's requests.

One that seems certain to be approved is an increase in patent fees. The Government receives about $9,000,000...

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