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California Governor Defends Tax Plan at Copley Session

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California Governor Defends Tax Plan at Copley Session

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California governor defends tax plan at Copley session

You may not agree with California Gov. Pete Wilson's view of taxing newspapers, but you might give him credit for fearlessness.

He recently defended his proposal to lift the sales tax exemption for newspapers before a decidedly unconvinced audience: the 63rd annual conference of Copley Newspapers editors and executives in Borego Springs.

Anticipating his listeners' reaction, Wilson said, according to the San Diego Union: "You can make arguments with great force, you can argue with great equity, that readers of newspapers should not experience this cost increase.

"The hell of it is, neither should a number of other people whose taxes are going to go up -- when they buy a bottle of wine, when they buy candy or cookies for their children.

"And if you say, |Do I value information more highly than those other things?' -- yes, I do. On the other hand, as a practical matter, what we are seeking to do is apportion the burden. …

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