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District of Columbia approves 'yoga tax' as part of budget
Reuters ^ | June 24 2014 | Ian Simpson

Posted on 06/24/2014 1:25:08 PM PDT by PoloSec

The District of Columbia Council on Tuesday approved a "yoga tax" on gymnasiums and yoga classes that has angered fitness buffs in the U.S. capital.

The Democratic-controlled council voted 12-1 to give final approval to a $10.6 billion budget for 2015 that included a sales tax on gyms, yoga studios and other athletic businesses, a spokeswoman for Council Chairman Phil Mendelson said.

The budget also includes a substantial income tax cut that would be offset by expanding the existing 5.75 percent sales tax to such services as tanning salons, health clubs, car washes and bowling alleys. The move is expected to raise $5 million a year.

Dubbed the "yoga tax," the proposal has been protested by gym owners and patrons. Dozens of protesters struck yoga warrior poses outside city hall this month and chanted, "Tax Slurpees, not burpees!"

Mayor Vincent Gray, who opposes the tax, must sign the budget for it to take effect on Oct.

(Excerpt) Read more at reuters.com ...


TOPICS: Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: crazyliberals; dc; tax; yogatax

1 posted on 06/24/2014 1:25:08 PM PDT by PoloSec
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To: PoloSec

Liberals never miss an opportunity to tax.


2 posted on 06/24/2014 1:26:00 PM PDT by PoloSec ( Believe the Gospel: how that Christ died for our sins, was buried and rose again)
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To: PoloSec

People are gonna get bent out of shape on this one....


3 posted on 06/24/2014 1:26:16 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously-you won't live through it anyway-Enjoy Yourself ala Louis Prima)
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To: PoloSec

Down dog...


4 posted on 06/24/2014 1:26:45 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously-you won't live through it anyway-Enjoy Yourself ala Louis Prima)
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To: PoloSec

Underground Yoga


5 posted on 06/24/2014 1:27:14 PM PDT by molson209 (Blank)
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To: Vendome

“People are gonna get bent out of shape on this one....”

LOL! Conservatives have the best sense of humor!


6 posted on 06/24/2014 1:27:15 PM PDT by winner3000
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To: PoloSec
Dreaming is Free (But not for long)
7 posted on 06/24/2014 1:29:29 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: PoloSec

This is their “White Privilege” tax.


8 posted on 06/24/2014 1:29:50 PM PDT by PTBAA
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To: PoloSec

wait till they impose a “passing gas” tax.


9 posted on 06/24/2014 1:31:31 PM PDT by kingattax (a real American would rather die on his feet than live on his knees.)
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To: Vendome

This is what upsets people but when much worse taxes are levied they are silent


10 posted on 06/24/2014 1:34:11 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: molson209

Speakeasies for Yoga.


11 posted on 06/24/2014 1:35:56 PM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: PoloSec

...so they want us fit, but we’re gonna have to pay for it.


12 posted on 06/24/2014 1:39:04 PM PDT by cyn (Benghazi)
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To: PTBAA

Well it could be worse.....We in Maryland have the rain tax.....yep...we are taxed on the rain falling. Marylanders seriously hate God in Heaven......punishing him for making rain and taxing all of good citizens.....yep good citizens....that is because I am in a RED district Maryland 1 baby!!!! Republican all the way in Arnold, Maryland.....IN FACT, today is election day and may entire neighborhood is decked out in GOP or Republican signs EVERYWHERE.....Glen Oban (my community in Arnold Maryland) is the bomb!


13 posted on 06/24/2014 1:39:50 PM PDT by napscoordinator (Governor Scott Walker 2016 for the future of the country!)
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To: PoloSec
"Tax Slurpees, not burpees!"

i am sure Al Gore would like it very much if they taxed burpees...

14 posted on 06/24/2014 1:40:06 PM PDT by latina4dubya (when i have money i buy books... if i have anything left, i buy 6-inch heels and a bottle of wine...)
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To: napscoordinator
we are taxed on the rain falling.

how does that work?

15 posted on 06/24/2014 1:40:59 PM PDT by latina4dubya (when i have money i buy books... if i have anything left, i buy 6-inch heels and a bottle of wine...)
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To: latina4dubya

Well to save the bay that we already spend billions on every year (at least), O’Malley had the brilliant idea to tax the rain that potentially could pollute the bay through run off from the rain......so they decided that anyone with a driveway, gutters, any semblance of a yard should have to pay a tax due to YOUR POTENTIAL pollution of the bay. It is just plain sick! The average is 4,000 a year (increased yearly - Just starting in July 2014) added on to all the other taxes we are suckered into every year. I swear it is getting MIGHTY close to my paying more to Maryland every year than the Federal Government....no kidding.


16 posted on 06/24/2014 1:49:37 PM PDT by napscoordinator (Governor Scott Walker 2016 for the future of the country!)
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To: napscoordinator

They had the rain tax in Colorado Springs for a while but a near revolt and court challenge got rid of that. I guess in Maryland, sounds like a moving truck is needed.


17 posted on 06/24/2014 1:54:43 PM PDT by DonaldC (A nation cannot stand in the absence of religious principle.)
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To: PoloSec

You tax my yoga and I will not fix yourcomputerforyou.


18 posted on 06/24/2014 2:00:22 PM PDT by RedMDer (May we always be happy and may our enemies always know it. - Sarah Palin, 10-18-2010)
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To: PoloSec

Yoga instructors merely need to agree that yoga is an eastern religion. This shouldn’t be difficult, as practitioners already teach many techniques that can be seen as religious.


19 posted on 06/24/2014 2:07:18 PM PDT by Romulus
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To: winner3000

That was funny...we do have the best sense of humor...


20 posted on 06/24/2014 2:14:52 PM PDT by ExCTCitizen (I'm ExCTCitizen and I approve this reply. If it does offend Libs, I'm NOT sorry...)
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To: PoloSec
Dozens of protesters struck yoga warrior poses outside city hall this month and chanted, "Tax Slurpees, not burpees!"

Take a big gulp, posers.

21 posted on 06/24/2014 2:20:42 PM PDT by Ezekiel (All who mourn the destruction of America merit the celebration of her rebirth.)
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To: PoloSec

Wonder what Elvis thought about it;

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xHbsHCwDSEw


22 posted on 06/24/2014 2:22:31 PM PDT by Hillarys Gate Cult (Liberals make unrealistic demands on reality and reality doesn't oblige them.)
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To: PoloSec

As a smoker I fully endorse the yoga tax!


23 posted on 06/24/2014 2:26:44 PM PDT by TigersEye ("No man left behind" means something different to 0bama.)
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To: PoloSec

Bowling alleys? Lucky this isn’t in my state or I know of a couple of alleys just hanging on this would put out of business. One even instituted a cover charge for non bowlers to raise money to stay open. It seems they get nothing from the food side of the house.


24 posted on 06/24/2014 2:26:58 PM PDT by Hillarys Gate Cult (Liberals make unrealistic demands on reality and reality doesn't oblige them.)
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To: PoloSec

This is a progressive tax


25 posted on 06/24/2014 2:34:49 PM PDT by Thibodeaux
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