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'Britney bill' for tax break on shows advances in New Jersey

A measure dubbed the "Britney bill" that would exempt stars who play at least four nights in Atlantic City from having to pay state income taxes on all shows in New Jersey that year is a step closer to becoming law. The measure is the latest of many efforts to help the struggling seaside resort. It got its moniker because it encourages the sort of multinight engagements that Britney Spears, Celine Dion, Motley Crue and other artists have done in Las Vegas. It was approved Monday by a state Senate committee. But a liberal think tank derided it as a "silly" waste of money. It's sponsored by Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean and Senate Democrat James Whelan, who view...