Candy Tax Could Be Reinstated After 25 Years Of Exemptions
“We tax necessities like tampons but exempt chocolate bars,” Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia, D-Bell Gardens, said in a statement after introducing a constitutional amendment that would restore the candy tax.
Is California Ready For A Candy Tax?
Taxing candy and other sugary snacks would generate nearly $1 billion a year for California, estimated Garcia, whose bill to exempt tampons and other feminine products last year was vetoed by Gov. Jerry Brown. Californians passed a cigarette tax increase last fall, despite heavy opposition from Big Tobacco, and hard-fought soda taxes have popped up in some California cities, including Berkeley, Albany, Oakland and San Francisco. But will the Legislature — and, ultimately, voters — agree to tax the snack aisle? (Murphy, 1/19)