Nebraska Lawmaker Seeks Soft Drink Sales Tax

Nebraska State Sen. Bill Avery of Lincoln offered Legislative Bill 753 to end Nebraska's sales tax exemption for soft drinks, according to The Omaha World-Herald in Omaha, Neb. For the full story, click here

Editor’s Insight: Soda taxes are in vogue this year; this is one of three stories in today’s VendingMarketWatch about soda taxes.

Nebraska vending and refreshment service operators should join The Nebraska Grocery Industry Association and Nebraska Beverage Association and encourage customers to oppose this measure; sales taxes are regressive in that they force the lower income people to pay a higher percentage of their disposable income on their staple food and beverage products.

Only a fool would believe the state will use the revenue from this tax in a responsible manner. 01-10-12 By Elliot Maras