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Hair of the dog
Hair of the dog
A tax on pet grooming and horse training accompany a long list of other odd levies lawmakers in Michigan have proposed to bridge the state's budget deficit.

But it's not just the cost of keeping pets that's on Michigan's radar. Plumbing, fur storage, beauty parlors, funeral services, diaper services, massages, bowling, coin-operated video games, meat slaughtering, movie tickets, zoos and pest control are also on the state's hit list.

"We're having a hard enough time since our service is a luxury and not a necessity -- this is not the time to do something like this," said Linda Knobelsdorf, the owner of a small pet grooming company in Michigan.

According to the Michigan treasury, the entire tax reform package would generate more than $550 million in its first year, and the money raised would go to the state's school aid fund.

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