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It would also increase the penalties in existing law from one year to five years in prison.

“Vermonters take pride in the natural products our state produces,” said Sen. Patrick J. Leahy, Vermont Democrat. He says the growing number of individuals and businesses selling fake maple syrup alarms him.

“This is fraud, plain and simple, and it undermines a key part of Vermont’s economy,” he added.

Co-sponsoring the Maple Agriculture Protection and Law Enforcement (MAPLE) Act with Mr. Leahy are several senators of both parties from Vermont and its neighbors - independent Bernie Sanders of Vermont, Republicans Olympia J. Snowe and Susan M. Collins of Maine, and Democrats Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten E. Gillibrand of New York.


Colorado voters to decide tax initiative

DENVER | The nation’s only statewide tax vote on the November ballot asks Colorado voters whether they want to temporarily raise taxes to generate $3 billion for classrooms and colleges a proposal that has stirred fierce opposition because of the stagnant economy.

The vote could serve as a test of voters’ mood on tax increases and their frustration after endless rounds of education cuts in Colorado.

“If it should pass, it think it will get a fair amount of attention because no one is expecting anything with the words `tax increase’ to pass,” said Norman Provizer, a political science professor at Metropolitan State College of Denver.

Opponents, including the entire Republican delegation in Colorado’s Legislature, insist tax hikes will cost jobs and won’t by themselves help schools. Some Democratic leaders, including Gov. John Hickenlooper, have declined to publicly endorse the proposal, saying they see little appetite for a tax hike.


San Francisco could pick first Asian-American mayor

SAN FRANCISCO | Jeff Adachi says he grew up hearing the stories of his Japanese-American family’s internment during World War II.

“They lost everything. But they taught me not to be bitter, to get an education and to stand up for what’s right,” Mr. Adachi, San Francisco’s public defender, has written.

He’s one of six Asian-American candidates who are drawing on their life stories of immigration, discrimination and empowerment as they try to become the first Asian-American elected mayor in the city’s history.

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