Vermont committee kills tax on sugary beverages

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February 26, 2013


By Justin Haas

MONTPELIER, Vermont: The House Health Care Committee voted to kill a bill that would have levied a tax on sugary soft drinks in order to pay for public health education and smooth the transition on a health care overhaul. The committee voted 5-5, with one member absent, killing the bill that had been drafted in the committee for weeks.[1]

Representative Michael Fisher, chairman of the House panel, said "It’s frustrating. The committee spent a lot of time and took majority votes on a number of steps along the way and there were a few members of the committee who couldn’t support the bill because of how much it did, and there were a few members of the committee that couldn’t support the bill because they ... wish it had done more. ... I think right now everything’s dead."[1]

The vote created uncertainty of the efforts made by the Legislature and Governor Peter Shumlin to make the transitions called for by the Affordable Care Act.[1]

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