The Centennial State's deficit situation is why Gov. Bill Ritter last week signed into law a package of bills taxing a whole new variety of things, including candy and soda.
The action was necessary, said Ritter, to help
close the $2.2 billion shortfall in Colorado's budget. But even with the new income, some of which starts rolling in on Monday, March 1, Ritter said the state could face additional difficult budget choices when new revenue forecasts come out in mid-March.
In Vevey, Switzerland, my former bosses at Nestlé are really pissed off. So are many lawmakers. And when they go to grab a snack at a vending machine in a couple of months, a lot of Colorado consumers will be unhappy, too.
The new candy and soda taxes kick in on May 1. That day, affected goodies -- the legislation gets specific about what now counts as a taxable product -- will cost 2.9 cents more.
Is it just cynical me, or is anyone else seeing vending machine prices rounded up by more than a nickel?
While my former employer might take a sales hit in Colorado on Crunch and Butterfinger bars, Nestlé caught a break on the new drink tax.
Will this move by Colorado prompt a reconsideration in Washington, D.C., of the soda tax that was floated as a way to pay for national health care changes? Probably not. I've personally seen the food lobby at work on Capitol Hill and I suspect they'll continue to beat back possible tax attacks.
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