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Agriculture department not charging a Christmas tree tax

This final note today, the truth in journalism edition.

Offered 'cause we almost got caught up in it ourselves. Despite what you may have heard or read, the Obama administration is not -- repeat not -- taxing Christmas trees.

Yes, a 15-cent-a-tree fee is being proposed by the Department of Agriculture. No, consumers won't pay it -- growers will, to fund an advertising campaign.

And really, given all that's going on, people are concentrating on this?

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Kai Ryssdal is the host and senior editor of Marketplace, public radio’s program on business and the economy.

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