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No Witch Tax For Romania

Romania's Senate has rejected a proposed bill that would have taxed the nation's witches and fortune tellers and fined them for bad predictions. According to the bill's sponsor, his fellow legislators voted against the bill because they feared being cursed.
Senator Alin Popoviciu of Romania's ruling Democratic Liberal Party drafted the legislation that also would have forced the country's thousands of witches and fortune tellers to produce receipts and would have held them responsible for wrong predictions. When Romania's Senate rejected the plan last week, Popoviciu accused the naysayers of being superstitious fools who were afraid that angry fortune tellers would call down curses on them, Britain's Sky News reported. But there may be a more mundane reason the bill didn't pass. Maria Campina, a well-known Romanian witch, told Realitatea TV that it would be difficult to tax fortune tellers and witches: She said they made erratic sums of money, and receipts would be difficult to keep.
She turned me into a newt! (I got better.)

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