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Article posted Aug 22 2010, 12:12 AM Category: Tyranny/Police State Source: CityPaper.net Print

Philadelphia Demands $300 From Bloggers for "License"

Got a blog that makes no money? The city wants $300, thank you very much.
by Valerie Rubinsky


For the past three years, Marilyn Bess has operated MS Philly Organic, a small, low-traffic blog that features occasional posts about green living, out of her Manayunk home. Between her blog and infrequent contributions to ehow.com, over the last few years she says she's made about $50. To Bess, her website is a hobby. To the city of Philadelphia, it's a potential moneymaker, and the city wants its cut.

In May, the city sent Bess a letter demanding that she pay $300, the price of a business privilege license.

"The real kick in the pants is that I don't even have a full-time job, so for the city to tell me to pony up $300 for a business privilege license, pay wage tax, business privilege tax, net profits tax on a handful of money is outrageous," Bess says.

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