“Snack Tax” Proposed

Posted at: 03/13/2013 9:41 PM
Updated at: 03/13/2013 10:13 PM
By: John Doetkott

(ABC 6 News) -- Many people were upset earlier this year when Governor Dayton proposed broadening the state's sales tax to include things like clothes and oil changes.

And while that plan has been pushed to the side, a new bill seeks to increase the sales tax to a different group of items.

A new bill introduced in the Minnesota House would put sales and use taxes on snack foods.

The tax would be put on things like chips, cookies, popcorn, and ice cream treats.

At least fourteen other states already have a sales tax on snack foods, and while some health experts champion the idea, saying it will deter people from buying unhealthy food, others who sell the snacks say the tax would have little impact.

“I don't think it's going to change anything. Same with the cigarette tax,” said Helayna Nguyen, a cashier at Ankeny’s Mini Mart in Austin. “I don't think a cigarette tax would change cigarettes, and I don't think food taxes would change anything at all either."

If you're a fan of snack foods, there is some good news. The tax would only be placed on packages containing 8 ounces of food or less, larger packages would still be tax-free.