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Health Bill Already Hammering Small Businesses

“It’s Going To Come Close To Shutting Me Down”; Tanning “Tax Could Cut Nearly 9,000 Jobs”

WASHINGTON

“‘We Were Really Surprised To Find Out About It Just After Christmas,’ Said Mark Willard, Desert Sun Tanning. … ‘Families, You Know, These Are People That Have Invested Their Life Savings Into These Businesses And That’s How They Make Their Living. Unfortunately, now, that tax is going to be passed onto them,’ said Willard. ‘It could be very detrimental to their business, and certainly our customers that are going to bear the brunt of this tax.’” (“’Tanning Tax’ In Health Care Law Has Business Owners Burning,” KING 5 [Seattle, WA], 3/26/10)

INDIANA

“Salon Owners Predict Tanners Will Cut Back On Services. As A Result Salons Fear They Will Be Forced To Lay Off Employees.” (“Tanning Salons Feel Burn By Tanning Tax,” WNDU-NBC [South Bend, IN], 3/26/10)

CALIFORNIA

“Sue Dickman Said It Is Hard For Small Business Owners These Days, Especially When You Own A Tanning Salon. ‘It’s Going To Hurt Us, For Sure. We’re Trying To Make A Living,’ Said Dickman, Owner Of Planet Beach In East Sacramento.” (“Tanning Tax Burns Salon Owners,” KXTV-ABC [Sacramento, CA], 3/26/10)

NEVADA

“‘What They Plan On Tanning Salons Revenue To Generate They Are Way Off Base…Way Off,’ Owner Of Rio Tan In Summerlin, Gary Mills, Said. Tanning taxes is only one of the many parts of the healthcare reform bill those falling on the right side of politics are unhappy with.” (“Salon Owners Worry About New Tanning Tax Hurting Business,” KTNV-ABC [Las Vegas, NV], 3/26/10)

FLORIDA

“Struggling In A Recession, Sun Kiss Tanning In South Fort Myers Might Have To Shutter Its 10-Year-Old Salon Because Of A New 10 Percent Indoor Tanning Tax Included In The Health Care Reform Bill.” (“Southwest Florida Tanning Salons See Red,” News-Press [Fort Meyers, FL], 3/29/10)

WISCONSIN

“Starting July 1, Tanning Salons Will Be Required To Slap A 10 Percent Tax On All Ultra-Violet Tanning. At Bella Sole Tan, 2719 18th St., That’s Going To Hurt. ‘It Could Impact Us In A Lot Of Ways,’ Says Co-Owner Travis Halvorsen. ‘Ninety-nine percent of our clients do UV tanning. We might lose clients. We might cut back on people’s hours. We might even have to lay people off.’” (“Tanning Tax Clouds Horizon For Salons,” Kenosha News [WI], 3/27/10)

“Owners Of Tanning Salons In Wisconsin Say They Are Worried About A Federal Plan To Implement A 10 Percent Tax On Indoor Tanning Services.” (“Tanning Salons Wary Of 10 Percent Tax,” UPI, 3/26/10)

  • “Linda McCoy, Who Owns Tanning Salons In Middleton And Fitchburg, Wis., Said Consumers Will Likely Also Feel The Impact Of The New Tax Plan. ‘For Them To Tax Us, It’s Really Going To Hurt The Small-Business Owners,’ McCoy Said. ‘That’s going to have to be passed on to the consumer. We don’t have enough to absorb that.’” (“Tanning Salons Wary Of 10 Percent Tax,” UPI, 3/26/10)

SOUTH CAROLINA

“In Myrtle Beach, You Can’t Drive Far Before Seeing A Tanning Salon, But The Health Care Bill Will Soon Be Enforcing A 10% Sales Tax On All Tanning Salons In The Country, And That Has Some People Pretty Heated.” (“Indoor Tanning Salons Will Help Pay For Health Care Under New Bill,” WBTW-CBS [SC], 3/28/10)

“But She Tells Newschannel 15, ‘Because They Could Afford The Lobbyists They Got It Thrown Out.’ That’s Something The Tanning Industry Certainly Couldn’t Afford, Popoff Said, Considering It’s Made Up Mostly Of Small Business Owners Who Are Middle Class Americans. ‘The middle class will be affected and a lot of the owners of salons who are women especially. Two-thirds are women, and they predict that 9,000 jobs will be affected by this,’ described Popoff.” (“Taxing Tanning Salons,” WPDE-ABC [SC], 3/25/10)

OKLAHOMA

“A Cloud Is Looming Over Indoor Tanning Businesses And Their Customers. A 10 Percent Tax Increase On Tanning, As Part Of The Recently Passed Health Care Legislation, Will Go Into Effect July 1.” (“Measure Burns Tanning Salons,” Tulsa World, 3/27/10)

MARYLAND

“Indoor Tanners And Tanning Businesses Nationwide Are Outraged Over The Recently Signed Health Care Reform’s 10 Percent Federal Tanning Tax That’s Expected To Start Boosting Prices This Summer.” (“Heat On Tanning Leaves Shop Owners Burned,” Capital News Service [Annapolis, MD], 3/27/10)

VIRGINIA

“As A Provision In The New Healthcare Reform Law, Starting July First, The Government Will Start Collecting A 10% Tax For Indoor Tanning Appointments. Tanning Salons Are Not Too Happy About It.” (“New Law Imposes Tanning Tax,” WSET-ABC [Lynchburg, VA], 3/26/10)

MONTANA

“Some Tanning Businesses Don’t Agree With Obama’s Plan. ‘The Small Business Owners It Really Hurts Them And Their Business And That’s Kind Of What Montana Is All About, is we have a lot of small business owners and a lot of them with the 10-percent tax, I mean they will go out of business and not once again have a job because people won’t be able to afford tanning,’ says Tanning consultant Kelsey Tabacco.” (“The Obama Administration Is Turning Up The Heat On Tanning Salons With A New Tax,” KECI-NBC [Missoula, MT], 3/26/10)

OREGON

“The Passage Of President Obama’s New Health Care Bill Might Be Good News To Some, But For Many Tanning Salons Across The County And In Eugene, A Provision In He Bill Might Prove Costly To Their Business.” (“Health Care Plan Provision Stings Tanning Salons,” KEZI-ABC [Eugene, OR], 3/26/10)

MICHIGAN

“Lynn Thompson Owns Mirage Salon And Tanning On Midland Street In Bay City. She Believes Taxing Small Business Is One Way Of Going Out Of Business. ‘We Are Paying Our Fair Share,’ She Said. ‘I Don’t Think It’s Fair That We Have To Do Any Anymore. It’s Going To Hurt Small Business.’” (“Tanning Salons To Be Taxed 10 Percent,” WJRT-ABC [MI], 3/26/10)

COLORADO

“‘This Is Going To Affect So Many Tanning Salons,’ Cherry Creek Tans Owner Kristi Alpers Said. Alpers Has Been Tossing Around The Idea Of Closing Down Her Salon For A While Now. ‘We’re Barely Breaking Even,’ She Said… ‘With Adding This 10 Percent Tax On To It, It’s Going To Hurt People’s Pocket Books,’ Alpers Said.” (“Health Care Fallout: Tanning Salons And Fast Food,” KUSA-NBC [CO], 3/26/10)

About Tom White

Tom is a US Navy Veteran, owns an Insurance Agency and is currently an IT Manager for a Virginia Distributor. He has been published in American Thinker, currently writes for the Richmond Examiner as well as Virginia Right! Blog.

Tom lives in Hanover County, Va and is involved in politics at every level and is a Recovering Republican who has finally had enough of the War on Conservatives in progress with the Leadership of the GOP on a National Level.

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