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My family business IS Christmas trees. The problem is not lack of popularity for live trees. We have been in business for over 40 years. In North Carolina, where we are located, tree farms have grown in number and competition is very vigerous, especially in the "choose and cut" industry. The problem is the economy. The retailers who buy from us depend on business profits from the past year and how profitable the past year was and it determines how involved they will be in this seasonal industry. Business in general has not been very good over the past several years. People have had to cut back because many have lost their jobs. Buying that big live tree may not be a wise decision. Whether it comes from democrats or republicans, a tree tax is not a good idea. The government needs to stay out of this industry. A tax affects grower, retailer and consumer.
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