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Disney to the Governor: We Don't Like Your Stinkin' Tax!

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The sales tax hike proposed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger yesterday raised more than just some eyebrows around the Southland, as the plan includes taxing things that were previously un-taxed, including amusement park admission tickets. The tax on entry to places like Disneyland would begin on March 1, 2009 if the proposal is to go through, and the folks at the mighty Mouse are mad:

“We oppose the Governor’s proposed theme park tax because it unfairly targets the tourism industry and may deter new visitors to the Golden State at a time we need them most,” said resort spokeswoman Lisa Haines in an e-mail statement. “This tax is not worth the risk to an industry that is a proven job creator and economic engine for California’s growth.”

The rate increase would bring sales tax in Orange County to 9.25%, which would then be tacked on to the already pricey admission to the Happiest Place on Earth, which soared to $69 just this August. While some economists see the tax increase and its new application to things like amusement parks and sporting events as a positive, many retailers are joining Disney in expressing dismay with the news. One way to beat the added cost of going to Disneyland? Go on your birthday--it's free.

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