Coloradans began paying a 2.9 percent sales taxes on sodas last year, when lawmakers looking for ways to raise money and confront obesity imposed a levy soft drinks and candy. Before, the often-sugary items were exempt from state sales taxes, as most other food is.
A Republican proposal before a House committee on Wednesday takes aim at the soda tax but leaves the candy tax in place. Rep. David Balmer of Centennial says his bill will help struggling families save a few pennies at the grocery store. Opponents point out that the tax repeal would cost Colorado an estimated $12.3 million next year.