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CVMA SUCCESSFUL IN EFFORTS TO DEFEAT SALES TAX ON VETERINARY CARE

Throughout the month of May, the CVMA worked actively to defeat the Legislative Democrats' budget proposal that includes subjecting all veterinary services to state sales tax.

The Government Affairs Committee, led by Co-Chairs, Dr. Ryland Edwards and Arnold Goldman, and the Public Relations Committee, led by Co-Chairs Dr. Mark Albin and Dr. Ira Stone, collaborated to galvanize the support of CVMA members and the general public. 

Activities Included:

  • Issuing a “Call to Action” to CVMA members via email and phone, encouraging them to email and call their local legislators, the Governor, and Legislative leaders to express opposition.
  • Establishing, and developing an official statement for, a coalition of animal service providers that included: Connecticut Farm Bureau; Connecticut Federation of Dog Clubs & Responsible Dog Owners; Connecticut Horse Council; and Connecticut Votes for Animals
  • Coordinating press coverage on local television, radio and print outlets
  • Submitting Letters to the Editor and Op/Eds to all CT newspapers
  • Coordinating a Facebook campaign targeting pet owners and animal lovers 

 In addition, Dr. Arnold Goldman and Dr. Chip Beckett testified before the Senate Finance Committee on May 11th.

 

CVMA MEDIA COVERAGE RELATED TO SALES TAX

  • CT NPR, 6/2/15, Dr. Arnold Goldman
  • Fox 61, The Real Story, 5/24/15, Dr. Andrea Dennis
  • CT Senate Republicans blog, 5/15/2015
  •  104.1 FM, 5/12/2015, Dr. Arnold Goldman
  •  CT News Junkie Blog, 5/11/2015
  •  WTNH Channel 8, 5/11/2015, Dr. Arnold Goldman, Dr. Chip Beckett & Dr. Kristin Haviar
  •  WPLR, Chaz & AJ Show, 5/11/15, Dr. Ira Stone
  •  Hartford Courant, 5/11/15, Dr. Arnold Goldman
  •  NBC Connecticut, 5/8/15, Dr. Kristin Haviar
  •  WTNH Channel 8, 5/6/15, Dr. Kristin Haviar
  •  News Channel 3, 5/6/15, Dr. Andrea Dennis
  •  CBS Connecticut Local Radio, Mornings with Ray Dunaway, 5/5/15, Dr. Andrea Dennis

 

 



 


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