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Nevada assemblyman proposes fast food tax

Money would go to education, hospitals

Assemblyman Harvey J. Munford of the 77th (2013) Nevada Assembly District.

Assemblyman Harvey J. Munford of the 77th (2013) Nevada Assembly District.

The price of many fast food items would tick up slightly if one assemblyman's bill makes it through the Nevada Legislature.

Democratic Las Vegas Assemblyman Harvey Munford introduced Assembly Bill 122 during the floor session Thursday. The bill proposes a 5-cent tax, paid by the customer, for each item over 500 calories.

Munford says he hopes the tax would deter people from eating out so frequently. He adds that the revenue would be directed to helping hospitals and improving Nevada's education system.

In a release, the nonprofit Center for Consumer Foods in Washington, D.C., said the tax is "misguided" and called on Munford to abandon the effort.

Munford says the growing problem of obesity and poor health from excessive fast food consumption inspired his bill.

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  1. I'm ecstatic that the assemblyman is not mine. My condolences to those in his district who didn't vote for him and a caution to listen more closely to those who did.

  2. I only hope Mumford's constituents remove him from office. He's an idiot...they deserve better.

  3. So this Twezod says people can't think for themselves, how weird can this insanity get. Oh I forgot that the progressives/communists are in charge. This is a fine without a trial.

  4. This is what you get when you vote for Idiot Democrats.

    When will you get it, people of Nevada?

  5. The "fat tax" did not work in California. This man should do his homework. I am betting he did and this is nothing more than a money grab.

  6. Now we have our very "own" Michael Bloomberg to look after us. What a moron! He should put the nickel tax on turkeys, because he is one!

  7. Punishment without a trial.

    Next thing to be "taxed" will be for every time you put your key to unlock any door, devise, or ignition. That would be a real money-maker! GEZ

    Blessings and Peace,
    Star

  8. With budget inequity and underfunded schools I think it's time Nevadans really look at what could be taxed to help puff the budget up.

    While it's easy to attack this man's idea, it's much harder to come up with your own. Let's put our thinking caps on. How can we increase our state's budget?

  9. @Bob_Realist....."How about eliminating junk/fast food from the SNAP/EBT programs thereby saving millions of dollars and creating thousands of jobs right here in Nevada?"

    Okay Bob, SNAp/EBT benefits can not be used at fast food or any restaurants for that matter.

    So there's that.

    However, let's play along and ask another important question.

    Don't you think those receiving SNAP fund would just use those funds on other foods? Or do you think they would say, "Since I can't have a Big Mac I'll just not spend these funds."

    I bet even a "a group of middle school kids" could help you find the "common sense" needed to known understand how spending $100 in Snap funds on broccoli and carrots costs the state the same as spending $100 in Snap funds on Quarter Pounder

  10. Ohh hey I no, lets ax da fokes to pay tax on fas fude if it is fatnin. We cud calls it fat tax, yeah das it. In 2 sousan sicteen I bees runnin fo da pesident offes. Please , really, this guy is more dangerous than Brooks.