Gov. Candidate Proposes 'Fat Tax' On Food, Drinks

"Now I know some people are going to say 'Well you know we have to have some personal responsibility.' But those are the same people who want to slap another tax on tobacco," said Hahn. "We're dealing with the same thing. Fat food and obesity is becoming what tobacco and cancer were years ago."

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July 13, 2010

Gov. Candidate Proposes 'Fat Tax' On Food, Drinks
Pat Kessler

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Independence Party gubernatorial candidate Rob Hahn proposes a 3- to 5-percent tax on foods with high fat and high calories, and a 1-cent tax on four ounce soft drinks. (File) AP

(WCCO) It's not always healthy to eat, but is fast food bad enough to tax? That's what one Minnesota governor candidate wants to do.

This is one issue almost every Minnesotan will understand. Independence Party gubernatorial candidate Rob Hahn is proposing what he calls a "fat tax" on fast foods, soft drinks and even high calorie coffee drinks.

It's a concept that is spreading around the country with mixed success.

Hahn proposes a 3- to 5-percent tax on foods with high fat and high calories, and a 1-cent tax on four ounce soft drinks.

He said obesity is becoming a serious problem in America and a tax could help slow it down and make people think before they eat.

"Now I know some people are going to say 'Well you know we have to have some personal responsibility.' But those are the same people who want to slap another tax on tobacco," said Hahn. "We're dealing with the same thing. Fat food and obesity is becoming what tobacco and cancer were years ago."

The "fat tax" is part of Hahn's budget plan which also calls for raising taxes on the rich in Minnesota, and cutting or eliminating the corporate tax.

Hahn said a "fat tax" would raise $100 million in Minnesota.

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