Skip to comments.Minn. Lawmakers Consider "Snack Tax"
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.
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What a bunch of BS.
They won’t stop, will they.
Washington states did and the people promptly overturned it in the next election.
Government is a cancer.
Maybe someone will propose a hefty tax on anti_psychotic drugs in MN. That would get Marx Dayton’s attention.
The huge Obamacare bill and its stack of regulations may already have taxes on junk food — to fund Michelle’s pet projects and vacations.
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.
I think it’s about time we unite and start taxing Government.
Marx dayton. I like that.
“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??
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.
‘rats have become totally demented.
Dude, you need to go Galt.
Let me guess..... Democrats?
Democrats are assholes who tax anything and everything.
Why would anyone vote for these jackasses?
You are a cutie. You can continue to eat whatever suits you.!
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.
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!”
Money is to government as heroin and cocaine are to drug addicts.
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.
Really...WTF is wrong with these people???
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.
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.
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.
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.
>> “You are a cutie. You can continue to eat whatever suits you.!” <<
Are you talking about him of Jenna? :o)
>> “The individual liberty argument would have more weight if the health effects werent spilling over into society in the form of higher insurance premiums and a greater share of public dollars going to Medicare and Medicaid.” <<
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.
Have you tried Talenti Gelato in Salted Caramel?
I could just roll in the stuff.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
You scare the hell out of me.