Utah – Instead Of Taxing Food, Utah’s Senate Minority Leader Proposes A Tax On Soda And Candy

SALT LAKE CITY — In a counter-proposal to her Republican colleagues considering hiking the sales tax on food, Senate Minority Leader Karen Mayne is pushing for raising the tax on soda and candy.

“Everybody needs food to live. You don’t need a soda. You choose to have a soda,” Sen. Mayne, D-West Valley City, told FOX 13 on Monday.

It could generate some heat in a state where culturally, coffee isn’t as popular as soda.

“We don’t punish people for eating. If you want a soda, by darn, you get it. Or you want that candy bar. I’m not going to give up my Diet Coke. I’m not going to give up my Sugar Daddy’s or my Milk Duds,” she said.

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by ben winslow
october 21, 2019