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Constitutional Law Keyed to Maggs
United States v. Butler
Citation:297 U.S. 1 (1936)
To achieve the purpose of the Agricultural Adjustment Act of 1933 for stabilizing prices for agricultural commodities, the Act empowered the Secretary of Agriculture to pay farmers to reduce the number of acres dedicated to production for market. The Act further provided that the Secretary would obtain revenue for such payments by taxing processors of the particular agricultural commodity whose production the Secretary sought to limit. After the Secretary decided to stabilize cotton prices, the United States sought to impose a tax on the Hoosac Mills Corporation. The receivers of the company challenged the tax and the statutory scheme that authorized it.
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