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Lindsey Thein, an employee of Endless Summer Tanning Studios in Willmar, is pictured Thursday next to one of the business' tanning beds. Michael Ziebell, who is a partner with his daughter, Kristin Johnson, in the operation is critical of the new tanning tax that takes effect today. He says salons have been "unfairly singled out." Tribune photo by Gary Miller

Federal tanning tax to raise health funds begins as new state laws also go into effect

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Starting today it will cost more to go to a tanning salon. A 10 percent excise tax goes into effect as part of the funding mechanism for the new federal health care bill. Charging indoor tanning customers the extra fee is expected to raise $2.7 billion over 10 years, according to industry statistics.


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Carolyn Lange
A reporter for more than 30 years, Carolyn Lange covers county government and regional news with the West Central Tribune.
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