Michigan trying to avoid future soda taxes in new bill

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Legislation advancing in Michigan would prohibit municipalities from levying a tax on food and drinks.

Supporters of the bill approved 31-5 in the Republican-led Senate Thursday want to prevent local taxes on soda and other unhealthy items.

Such taxation isn’t under consideration at the local level in Michigan. But advocates of the legislation say it’s needed to pre-empt potential local taxes after municipalities such as Philadelphia and Cook County, which includes Chicago, enacted a tax on sugary and artificially sweetened beverages.

The bill next goes to the GOP-controlled House, where a similar measure could be voted on as early as this week.

Some Democrats who opposed the legislation noted that no Michigan cities are considering food and soda taxes, but Michigan should not restrict their ability to address financial problems.

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  1. Why do we continue to allow these politicians (crooks) take our money whenever they feel like it and for whatever reason they deem fit? Clean house at every election for the next 10 years. No incumbent should keep their job. PLEASE start voting these people out of politics. “Supporters of the bill approved 31-5 in the Republican-led Senate Thursday want to prevent local taxes on soda and other unhealthy items” is what it says…How did this crap get into the bill in the first place? They put it there and now will talk out of the other side of their mouths and pretend like they are trying to get rid of it. This is so when they tax you again and again and again they can say ” we tried to get rid of it”. All lies! These people don’t give a crap about the citizens they supposedly represent and they never will.

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