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Veterinary Services Tax – The Governor is Listening

January 19, 2009

The Governor is listening!  We need you to take action again and register your “opposition”… It’s simple and effective.

Call the Governor’s office at 916-445-2841.
Select your language choice.
Press “5” to leave your opinion on a current issue.
Press “1” to select the issue of extending the sales tax to veterinary services.
Press “2” to “oppose” the Veterinary Services Tax proposal.

January 15, 2009 Budget Update:

Yesterday, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger presented his 2009-2010 “State of the State” address to the California State Legislature.  This speech came on the heels of the release, on December 31, 2008, of his 2009-10 State Budget proposal which continued to include a proposal to tax veterinary services.

The Governor has expressed great frustration that, despite the fact that he has called several sequential “special sessions” of the legislature, a compromise has not been reached by Democrats and Republicans.  In the last two weeks, there appears to be some movement with the negotiations.  However, due to the sensitive nature of the discussions, and in an attempt to prevent outside forces from impacting the discussions, the “Big 5” (Senate & Assembly leaders) has been relatively silent with regard to the specifics of the issues currently on the

With  little information leaking out of these confidential “Big 5” meetings regarding the Governor’s tax proposals, we must assume that the veterinary tax remains “on the table” for discussion.  Therefore, we are requesting that CVMA members continue to express their opposition to the Governor’s proposal to tax veterinary services by calling the Governor and your local legislator today.

Updates will continue to be posted at

If you have any questions, call the CVMA office at 1.800.655.2862.

Governor Schwarzenegger’s Very Bad Idea!

November 19, 2008

Calling all California animal lovers!  Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger recently announced a plan to tax veterinary services as part of his budget plan to stimulate the California economy.  This was part of a larger combination of program cuts and revenue increases to solve the multi-billion dollar budget shortfall.  If passed, this proposal will automatically increase your veterinary bills by nine percent!  Not only might this wreak havoc on your personal finances, I am concerned that this new legislation will result in an increased incidence of euthanasia and animal abandonment- a scary thought indeed.

By the way, no other health professions are taxed within this proposal.  Rather veterinary services have been “lumped” together for taxation with appliance, furniture, and vehicle repair services.  Perhaps Governor Schwarzenegger equates “repairing” a beloved four-legged family member with repair of readily replaceable inanimate objects!

We need to wake Governor Schwarzenegger up!  Please voice your concern at once by providing him and your state representatives with a letter expressing your opinion. You will find the letter I wrote to Governor Schwarzenegger at  Visit to find mailing addresses for your government officials and to learn more about this tax proposal.  Last but not least, let your veterinarian know that you are interested and concerned.  He or she will thank you for that!