Nebraska Sales Tax Exemption For Soda Pop Targeted

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

A Lincoln senator says he'll sponsor another measure that would end the Nebraska sales tax exemption for soda pop.

Sen. Bill Avery said that the exemption for soda is illogical and indefensible. Avery says soft drinks have no nutritional value and so don't belong in the same tax-exempt category as food.

Avery filed a similar bill last year that didn't reach the floor for debate.

Many nutritionists say soda consumption contributes to obesity.

It's estimated that ending the exemption would bring the state an estimated $11 million in new sales tax revenue. Avery's bill requires that 70 percent of the new revenue would be used for school wellness programs and data collection and 30 percent would go to local health departments for health-related issues.


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