STATE REVENUES: Fighting a Tax On Peacocks

Fighting a Tax On Peacocks

It seemed like a good idea at the time. Looking for a relatively painless way to raise funds, Florida Governor Bob Martinez decided to play some creative games with the state's 5% sales tax. Over the voluble protests of many businessmen and lobbyists, he and the Florida legislature expanded the reach of the levy to include many services. Among them: advertising, warehousing and numerous legal, accounting and real estate fees. Last week some fiscal results were in on Martinez's gambit, and they were not good. NBC television announced it was canceling its May 1988 affiliates' convention, scheduled to take place at...

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