How much do you pay for food at the grocery store? In some states—thanks to growing discussions about food taxes—you could be paying more money for less food if lawmakers have their way.
What are food taxes? They’re particularly odorous and onerous taxes on purchases of food for home preparation and/or consumption from grocery stores and similar establishments. They’re distinct from taxes that single out a particular food category—such as soda taxes—and also from taxes on foods sold for immediate consumption by restaurants, which are subject to taxes in most states.
In recent months, several states have proposed new food taxes. Some states have proposed to revive old ones. But others have also moved to repeal or reduce existing taxes. Food policy writer Baylen Linnekin explains more.