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Apr 2, 2013 2:19 AM by Associated Press

Dozens shimmy, shake to protest state's dance tax

OLYMPIA, Washington (AP) - Instead of a march, call it a protest shimmy.

Dozens of people in Washington state protesting a decades-old state tax on dance venues have swayed to the rhythm in support of a repeal of the law. Lawmakers at the state Capitol are considering a repeal.

Washington state has had the tax, which targets venues that provide an opportunity to dance, since the 1960s. A measure to repeal it has cleared a committee and is awaiting a floor vote in the Senate. Backers of the repeal say the law's enforcement is arbitrary, and overlooks major venues like sports stadiums that often host concerts.

According to state estimates, repealing the tax would cost the state more than $880,000 in the 2013-2015 budget cycle.


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