DID YOU KNOW that California is considering TAXING VETERINARY MEDICAL CARE? California wants to legislate a 9 percent tax on all veterinary services, including medications, to help solve its budget problems. Pet surgeries, spaying and neutering, etc. This is just more California baloney. There is a number to the governor’s office below that you can call to voice your opinion on this ridiculous tax proposal.
Gary Bogue (Animal columnist, Contra Costa Times)has a couple of good points: Do we want our vet bills to be considered as “nonessential or luxury services” and be taxed 9 percent every time we have to take our pets to visit the veterinarian? Regular veterinary care for our beloved companion animals is a necessity, not a luxury. We can’t skimp on these costs without jeopardizing the health and safety of our pets.
Here is more about this from DVM 360 Magazine:
Sacramento — The California Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) initiated a statewide campaign by veterinarians and consumers opposing Governor Schwarzenegger’s proposed tax on veterinary services.
The current proposal to tax veterinary medical care is contained in the administration’s “Governor’s Budget: Special Session 2008-09″ document, the association reports in a prepared statement.
Subjecting complicated veterinary medical procedures and treatments to taxation would be the same as taxing health care for children in California,” says William Grant, II, DVM, president of the CVMA. “What will happen to the sick or injured pets of people already struggling with potential home foreclosures and job losses? How much more heartbreak is it fair to ask of our fellow citizens?”
The CVMA is asking veterinarians to write letters to the governor noting the hardship this proposed sales tax of approximately 9 percent would have on consumers; the potential adverse impact on already overcrowded pet shelters; and the unintended consequence of increases in food prices at the supermarket due to taxes on care for food production animals.
Even though the proposal does not require the taxation of the drugs and medicines used in veterinary services, treatments and surgical services would be taxed, the association adds.”
Say NO to a tax on your veterinary services.
Call the Governor’s office and let him know that trying to balance the budget at the expense of your pet’s health is not acceptable!
Call 916-445-2841 and follow the instructions.
Press 1 for English.
Wait and press 5 to “voice your opinion on a current hot issue.”
It will ask you to press 1 again if you’re calling about the Veterinary Tax Proposal, so press 1.
Press 2 if you are against the tax.
I just called and it’s super easy…call today please!
Your Eighty MPH Mom