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Utah Passes Food Tax Bill

Last updated on September 6th, 2012 at 09:02 am

The Utah Senate passed a bill that that would raise the tax on food, but lower taxes on other items, reports Forbes.

The Senate approved Senate Bill 270 on a 19-9 vote on Monday. It now moves to the House.

Adams of Layton says the measure would add stability, since most food sales don’t drop during an economic crisis.

Under the bill, a 1.7 percent tax on food would rise to 4.4 percent.

But sales taxes on other items would be lowered from 4.7 percent to 4.4 percent.

Opponents say the tax hike would hurt low-income people the most, especially those with limited means to feed their families.

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