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Christmas Tree Fee Causes Uproar

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Christmas Tree Fee Causes Uproar

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The Obama administration put off a plan to collect a fee on Christmas trees. An industry group asked for the fee, 15 cents per tree. Conservatives denounced what they labeled a tax on Christmas trees. The White House defended the fee, saying it's not a tax at all. All the same, the administration says it will delay collecting the money.

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Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep. President Obama's administration put off a plan to collect a fee on Christmas trees. An industry group asked for that fee - 15 cents per tree. They said they'd pay it themselves in order to fund an industry wide ad campaign. Conservatives, however, denounced what they labeled is a tax on Christmas trees. The White House is defending the industry fee, saying it is not a tax at all. All the same, the administration says it will delay collecting the money. It's MORNING EDITION.

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