New bill would tax snack foods in Minnesota


This might be tough to swallow, but some of your favorite snack foods could take a bigger bite out of your wallet under a proposed bill.

WDIO reports on the new legislation, introduced Monday by Sen. John Hoffman, DFL-Champlin, that would impose a sales tax on certain "prepackaged snack food sold in packages or a group of packages in which each individual package contains no more than eight ounces."

The snack foods included in the bill are:

  • Potato chips and sticks
  • Corn chips
  • Pretzels
  • Cheese puffs and curls
  • Pork rinds
  • Extruded pretzels and chips
  • Popped popcorn
  • Nuts and edible seeds
  • Licorice
  • Cookies
  • Cakes
  • Pies
  • Donuts
  • Pastries
  • Ice cream novelties

If the measure doesn't pass the Senate Taxes Committee by Friday, it will be considered dead, according to WDIO.

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