Taxes increase but nobody knows where money will go:
- A new tax on soda, juice drinks, sports drinks and teas would increase costs at the checkout counter by as much as 20%.
- Letting the government tell us what to eat and drink only opens the door for more “nanny state” taxes down the road.
These taxes will have the greatest impact on families who can least afford them:
- People are struggling just to keep their homes and pay their bills. We can’t afford to be hit with more taxes.
- Our state is already burdened with some of the highest taxes in the country.
- Middle and lower income families will be hit the hardest by new taxes at the grocery store.
Taxes don’t make anyone healthier:
- A new tax on beverages will not teach children healthy lifestyles or change anyone’s behavior.
- Moms and Dads are responsible for taking care of their kids. Childhood obesity is a serious problem and parents need to provide their children with a balanced diet and exercise.
- Making smart, educated decisions about diet and exercise make everyone healthier.
Grocery taxes are bad for the economy:
- A new tax would raise prices here, leading to lower sales and lost jobs, especially at locally-owned stores and restaurants.
- The tax would create another reason for Vermonters to shop for groceries in neighboring states, hurting our economy further.
- We need to fix the state’s wasteful spending problems, not find new ways to tax hardworking families.