Nebraska Christmas Tree Farmers Support Proposed Tree Tax

By: Morgan Demmel Email
By: Morgan Demmel Email

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Nebraska Christmas tree growers are speaking out about the proposed tax on live Christmas trees that sparked controversy in Washington, D.C.

Republicans called the proposal a "Grinch move," but Christmas tree growers argue the proposed Christmas tree promotion program is not really a tax at all.

"A cost like that probably wouldn't be passed onto anybody, it's strictly an advertising expense for the people that grow trees," Pine Patch owner David Glass says.

It would charge Christmas tree businesses that sell more than 500 trees each year 15 cents for every tree sold.

But growers in Nebraska don't expect it to affect the number of people buying real trees, because the cost of those trees is typically at least $60.

"Sixty all the way up to $300 if you want to get the 13 foot delivered," Grand Island Earl May Manager Mark Haskins says.

He says that extra 15 cents wouldn't hold much significance.

Glass says the 15 cents per tree would go toward advertising for the Christmas tree industry, as an effort to keep the industry strong.

"Larger tree farms are thriving. But small mom and pop little tree farms like mine are kind of going by the wayside," Glass says.

But Glass hopes passing the bill will instead, boost his business.

Growers in Nebraska say they're still hopeful that will happen once the program is better understood.


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