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Governor Vetoes Pet-Food Tax

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Fees would have risen to $100 per label.

The governor of New Mexico has vetoed a bill that would have levied  a fee on pet food, The Associated Press reports.

Under the bill rejected by Gov. Susana Martinez, commercial pet food registration fees would have increased to $100 per label from the current $2 per label. The change would have raised more than $800,000 a year.

The goal of the bill from Reps. Debbie Rodella and Carl Trujillo, both Democrats, was to help pay for spaying and neutering for cats and dogs.

The Las Cruces Sun-News quotes Martinez saying: “I strongly encourage New Mexicans to spay and neuter their pets. However, this misguided legislation is nothing more than a tax increase that would not solve the problem.”

Read more at The Associated Press

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