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Texas toys with ad tax

The American Advertising Association reported that Texas Republican Lieutenant
Governor David Dewhurst is proposing to extend the state's sales tax to
services, including advertising, to help close a school-budget-funding gap.

A similar proposal made it into law in Florida in 1987 before eventually
being repealed.

The AAF said the governor and speaker of the state house are both opposed to the
plan.

Contributing editor John Eggerton has been an editor and/or writer on media regulation, legislation and policy for over four decades, including covering the FCC, FTC, Congress, the major media trade associations, and the federal courts. In addition to Multichannel News and Broadcasting + Cable, his work has appeared in Radio World, TV Technology, TV Fax, This Week in Consumer Electronics, Variety and the Encyclopedia Britannica.