The House Ways and Means Committee is scheduled to discuss a six percent sales tax on candy, which is now tax-exempt. And Burlington’s Democratic mayor and a leading Democratic lawmaker from Burlington argued in a State House hallway yesterday about enforcing the city and state bans on idling cars.
“According to a member of the committee, the proposed tax will be six percent, the same as the general sales tax. At present, candy is considered a grocery food and as such is exempt from Vermont sales taxation. The proposed tax reportedly would continue to exempt candy which includes flour. According to a 2018 USA Today report, The most popular candies in Vermont are Milky Way, Skittles, and M&M’s. Vermont’s “sugar industry economic output” is $226 million, or 20th lowest in the nation. Sugar consumption among Vermont children 14 and under is 15.5% of total, the lowest in the nation. There are about 11.5 candy and chocolate shops per 100,000 people.)"
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