Lawmakers in Vermont are proposing adding a $0.02-per-ounce tax on pop and other sugar-sweetened beverages, to increase funding for health entitlement spending in the state.
The tax is expected to raise $30 million, and would be levied on “any nonalcoholic beverage, carbonated or noncarbonated, that is intended or human consumption and contains any added sweetener.”
The new tax will help fund the state’s “State Health Care Resources Fund.” The Fund pays for the state’s Medicaid spending, as well as Catamount Health, a government-provided health insurance plan.
In addition to funding the state’s healthcare entitlement spending, revenues from the proposed tax would be used to back loans to “facilitate the purchase of energy-efficient refrigeration equipment for the sale of fruits and vegetables by small food retailers” and “provide electronic benefits transfer terminals to all Vermont farmers’ markets as well as technical assistance, promotional support, and reimbursement to farmers’...
Responding to pressure from local restaurant owners, lawmakers in Bloomington, Indiana passed new regulations on where food truck vendors may sell food to customers. The new ordinance prevents food truck vendors from selling food to customers within 50 feet of a brick-and-mortar restaurant.
The new regulations will take effect immediately after mayor Matt Kruzan (D) has signed the ordinance.
Heritage Foundation agricultural policy research fellow Daren Bakst says...
Vermont State Rep. Teo Zagar (D-Windsor) is proposing a bill to loosen state regulations on raw milk sales in the state. Zagar is sponsoring a bill allowing dairy farmers to sell raw milk through community farmers’ markets and agricultural programs, with less oversight from the Vermont Department of Health.
Keep Food Legal Foundation executive director and George Mason University Law School adjunct professor Baylen Linnekin says Zagar’s bill benefits Vermont consumers.
“Strict regulations don’t...