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Michigan Legislature Approves Bill to Prevent Pop, Food Taxes

Legislation advancing in Michigan would prevent cities from creating taxes on food and drinks. Legislation advancing in Michigan would prevent cities from creating taxes on food and drinks. |  Photo: WDIO-TV file

October 12, 2017 11:46 AM

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Michigan municipalities would be prohibited from levying local taxes on food and beverages under a bill advancing to Gov. Rick Snyder's desk for his expected signature.

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No local government in Michigan is now considering such a tax. But lawmakers say it is possible, pointing to Philadelphia and Chicago as places with soda taxes. Similar taxes have been approved in San Francisco and Oakland, California.

The Republican-led Michigan Senate voted 30-5 Thursday to send the fast-tracked legislation to the governor.

The Chicago-area's penny-per-ounce tax on soda and sweetened drinks was repealed Wednesday after a monthslong conflict that included a court battle and millions of dollars' worth of television ads on both sides.


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