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Minn. Lawmakers Consider "Snack Tax"
KSTP.com ^ | 3/13/13 | Stephen Tellier

Posted on 03/13/2013 3:56:19 PM PDT by ButThreeLeftsDo

From popcorn to pretzels, and cookies to corn chips -- a new bill would slap the state sales tax on a wide range of snack foods, and it could make your grocery bill balloon.

The so-called "snack tax" bill would apply Minnesota's sales tax to potato chips, pretzels, cheese puffs, popcorn, nuts, trail mix, cookies, pastries, and ice cream.

The bill was heard in a House committee for the first time on Wednesday afternoon, but no vote was taken.

Five Eyewitness News went to Tim and Tom's Speedy Market in St. Paul and stocked up on pretty much everything on the list -- 16 different items. Right now, not a single one of them is subject to the state sales tax.

(Excerpt) Read more at kstp.com ...


TOPICS: Government; US: Minnesota
KEYWORDS: foodpolice; snacks; tax
Bloomberg would approve...
1 posted on 03/13/2013 3:56:19 PM PDT by ButThreeLeftsDo
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo

What a bunch of BS.

They won’t stop, will they.


2 posted on 03/13/2013 3:58:15 PM PDT by LiveFreeOrDie2001 (Elections have consequences - NOW LOOK what we have to deal with...)
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To: LiveFreeOrDie2001

Washington states did and the people promptly overturned it in the next election.


3 posted on 03/13/2013 3:59:00 PM PDT by CityCenter (No matter how good your PR is, you can't outsmart the truth.)
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo

Government is a cancer.


4 posted on 03/13/2013 4:05:57 PM PDT by SpaceBar
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To: LiveFreeOrDie2001

Maybe someone will propose a hefty tax on anti_psychotic drugs in MN. That would get Marx Dayton’s attention.


5 posted on 03/13/2013 4:06:17 PM PDT by ButThreeLeftsDo
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo

The huge Obamacare bill and its stack of regulations may already have taxes on junk food — to fund Michelle’s pet projects and vacations.


6 posted on 03/13/2013 4:07:32 PM PDT by TomGuy
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo

I think it is an awesome idea, although implementation would be complicated and soft-drink taxes are already ineffective as an ‘obesity tax. The individual liberty argument would have more weight if the health effects weren’t spilling over into society in the form of higher insurance premiums and a greater share of public dollars going to Medicare and Medicaid.


7 posted on 03/13/2013 4:09:33 PM PDT by erlayman
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo

I think it’s about time we unite and start taxing Government.


8 posted on 03/13/2013 4:10:00 PM PDT by LiveFreeOrDie2001 (Elections have consequences - NOW LOOK what we have to deal with...)
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo

Marx dayton. I like that.


9 posted on 03/13/2013 4:11:32 PM PDT by justrepublican (Screaming like Marx Dayton, the "Vexatious requester" at a Wellstone memorial...........)
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To: erlayman

“I think it is an awesome idea”

Are you out of your mind???

I ate more Ice Cream than you can ever imagine & lots of sugar for 50 years and have NO health issues & all my numbers are in normal range! Look at my profile pic - do I look like a sicko?? WHAT health effects??


10 posted on 03/13/2013 4:14:16 PM PDT by LiveFreeOrDie2001 (Elections have consequences - NOW LOOK what we have to deal with...)
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo

Wish conservative lawmakers would take a cue from these a******s. I want to see a tax on communist reading material... $1,000 on anything by Marx, Mao, Alinsky. $999 on anything by their students. $100 on any flyer handed out on a street corner by any communist punk, etc. They say they are worried about snacks rotting kids’ teeth. I’m worried about their crap rotting kids’ minds. My concerns are at least as valid as theirs.


11 posted on 03/13/2013 4:15:14 PM PDT by LibWhacker
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo

‘rats have become totally demented.


12 posted on 03/13/2013 4:25:38 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: erlayman

Dude, you need to go Galt.


13 posted on 03/13/2013 4:26:38 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo
Maine had one for ten years..and dropped it..

Snack Tax' Dropped in Maine

14 posted on 03/13/2013 4:36:31 PM PDT by Daffynition (The essential American soul is hard, isolate, stoic, and a killer. It has never yet melted. — D.H.)
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo

Let me guess..... Democrats?


15 posted on 03/13/2013 4:37:05 PM PDT by From The Deer Stand
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo

Democrats are assholes who tax anything and everything.

Why would anyone vote for these jackasses?


16 posted on 03/13/2013 4:39:02 PM PDT by dforest (I have now entered the Twilight Zone.)
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To: LiveFreeOrDie2001

You are a cutie. You can continue to eat whatever suits you.!


17 posted on 03/13/2013 4:42:00 PM PDT by dforest (I have now entered the Twilight Zone.)
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo

More miserable, moronic ideas from the liberal controlled government in Minnesota. I am amazed that I can even dress myself in the morning without their help or some stupid law.


18 posted on 03/13/2013 4:52:47 PM PDT by BibleGunClinger
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To: erlayman
I think it is an awesome idea...


19 posted on 03/13/2013 4:57:31 PM PDT by Cyber Liberty (I am a dissident. Will you join me? My name is John....)
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To: erlayman
The individual liberty argument would have more weight if the health effects weren’t spilling over into society in the form of higher insurance premiums and a greater share of public dollars going to Medicare and Medicaid.

So you support more intrusive government because government has created a scenario where the public is now responsible for paying for a large portion of the public's health care. How nice. Let's punish everyone because some people don't care about themselves or take personal responsibility for their actions.

That logic is much like liberals who say that we have to make people have health care because otherwise they'll go to the emergency room. Well, who do you think wants to force hospitals to provide emergency care?
20 posted on 03/13/2013 5:01:47 PM PDT by andyk (I have sworn...eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.)
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo

I said good riddance to Minnesota a year and a half ago. On the way out, I stopped at the MN-IA, saluted to the north (involving the “number one” and said “Minnesota, you can go to Hell, and I’m going to Texas!”


21 posted on 03/13/2013 5:03:21 PM PDT by Fred Hayek (The Democratic Party is now the operational arm of the CPUSA)
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo

Money is to government as heroin and cocaine are to drug addicts.


22 posted on 03/13/2013 5:03:45 PM PDT by Standing Wolf
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To: LiveFreeOrDie2001

I ate more Ice Cream than you can ever imagine...”

When Blue Bell is on sale, it’s less expensive than milk so I’m considering buying some extra French Vanilla and putting it on my cereal in the morning. It’s my new way of double tasking, but with my food.


23 posted on 03/13/2013 5:17:08 PM PDT by Grams A (The Sun will rise in the East in the morning and God is still on his throne.)
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo

Really...WTF is wrong with these people???


24 posted on 03/13/2013 5:21:40 PM PDT by FatherFig1o155 (Politicians are like diapers; they need to be changed often and for the same reason.)
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To: andyk

Not everyone gains a lot of weight from over-indulging in sugar, but a large proportion of the U.S. population is eating enough of it that it’s having devastating health effects — not only in terms of obesity but in metabolic problems that can lead to diabetes and heart disease in normal weight people. And, yes, we all pay for Medicare and Medicaid and higher overall insurance premiums in much the same way that nonsmokers end up paying in part for health care for smoking related diseases.


25 posted on 03/13/2013 5:27:38 PM PDT by erlayman
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo

There’s an older, more accurate term for that kind of tax: sin tax. For some unkown reason people libs and various others aren’t bothered by it being “regressive,” though the lowly will shoulder the burden.


26 posted on 03/13/2013 5:27:49 PM PDT by Tublecane
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To: erlayman

Your post is exactly why socialism wins. The gubmint institutes some new regime, or exerts greater control over what it already regulates. This causes problems. Instead of blaming the problems on socialism, we use them as an excuse for more socialism.


27 posted on 03/13/2013 5:32:01 PM PDT by Tublecane
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To: Tublecane

Well, I am certainly not a socialist and would personally flat out deny all health care to anyone that didn’t take care of themselves, but that obviously isn’t on anyone’s political agenda. And until there is a simple pill or prescription drug to treat obesity we are hammering out solutions in the realm of the realistic.


28 posted on 03/13/2013 5:43:09 PM PDT by erlayman
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To: dforest

>> “You are a cutie. You can continue to eat whatever suits you.!” <<

.
Are you talking about him of Jenna? :o)


29 posted on 03/13/2013 6:31:27 PM PDT by editor-surveyor (Freepers: Not as smart as I'd hoped they'd be)
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To: erlayman

>> “The individual liberty argument would have more weight if the health effects weren’t spilling over into society in the form of higher insurance premiums and a greater share of public dollars going to Medicare and Medicaid.” <<

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You need to come down from high orbit.

Nuts, trail mix and ice cream are excellent, healthy foods, and the foods most likely to cause health issues are bread, pasta and margarine. Add pharmaceuticals to that list and you conquer all the problems, tax the hell out of them.

Its not government’s business to stick their nose into health issues anyway.


30 posted on 03/13/2013 6:39:54 PM PDT by editor-surveyor (Freepers: Not as smart as I'd hoped they'd be)
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To: Grams A

Have you tried Talenti Gelato in Salted Caramel?

I could just roll in the stuff.


31 posted on 03/13/2013 6:42:19 PM PDT by Cowgirl of Justice
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo

Why is it that the leaders of these liberal enclaves realize that their people are too stupid to make reasonable food choices BUT feel they are smart enough to vote in elections?


32 posted on 03/13/2013 6:45:47 PM PDT by nascarnation (Baraq's economic policy: trickle up poverty)
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To: Cowgirl of Justice

That’s so funny.

Can’t say that I have tried that flavor but just might. Generally load up on ice cream when the grandson comes over but we just do vanilla with any kind of topping his little heart desires - he really prefers making ice cream sandwiches using two homemade cookies of different kinds for the top and bottom, then pour homemade fudge and caramel sauce over the top and eats it with a spoon. He runs track and has zero body fat.

Like most kids he is attracted by the name, tries a spoonful then decides he doesn’t like it so we had to compromise on some of his “freedom of choice”.

When I was pg with son, we lived two blocks from a Dairy Queen in Scottsdale, Arizona. Really poor so I used to scour the nearby ditches for 5 bottles to turn in at $.05 each so I would have $.25 and then could get my daily fix of a strawberry shake. Never could get that kid to eat strawberries though, in any form, even when he was little.


33 posted on 03/13/2013 7:31:17 PM PDT by Grams A (The Sun will rise in the East in the morning and God is still on his throne.)
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To: Grams A

My best friend and I would also look for bottles and cans to turn in for candy money. Later, beer money. (Two broke college students making it on our own.)

We still laugh about getting through one week on five dollars between us when there was a hurricane headed straight for us. We thought if we made it through that, the rest of our lives would be a piece of cake.


34 posted on 03/13/2013 7:45:56 PM PDT by Cowgirl of Justice
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To: Cowgirl of Justice

Thanks for sharing. Sounds just like some of my daughter’s experiences. These kinds of life lessons though are what will help us survive the difficult times now.


35 posted on 03/13/2013 8:03:50 PM PDT by Grams A (The Sun will rise in the East in the morning and God is still on his throne.)
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To: editor-surveyor

A small amount is not a problem but excess sugar can alter metabolism, raise blood pressure, skew the signaling of hormones and damage the liver. It certainly poses enough health risks that it should be considered a controlled substance just like alcohol and tobacco. Otherwise, I agree with your general point. Either leave food alone or figure out a way to segregate the damage heavy users cause to society from the more responsible segments of the population.


36 posted on 03/13/2013 9:43:53 PM PDT by erlayman
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To: erlayman

Nothing should be a controlled substance. Those that wish to defile their bodies have issues with Yeshua, but certainly not with government.

Government needs to carry the mail, keep the roads paved, and the sewer running; the rest is none of their business.


37 posted on 03/14/2013 2:00:59 PM PDT by editor-surveyor (Freepers: Not as smart as I'd hoped they'd be)
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To: dforest

Awwww... Thanks.


38 posted on 03/14/2013 2:24:02 PM PDT by LiveFreeOrDie2001 (Elections have consequences - NOW LOOK what we have to deal with...)
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To: erlayman

You scare the hell out of me.


39 posted on 03/14/2013 6:48:26 PM PDT by andyk (I have sworn...eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.)
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