Be it a slice of pizza, a cheeseburger or a frappucino, one Nevada lawmaker is looking to make you pay more for your fast food via a 5-cent food tax.
Democratic Assemblyman Harvey Munford's bill means each fast food item with more than 500 calories would cost an extra 5 cents.
Mother of five Dawn Schram says some nights a trip through the drive-thru is an easier option than cooking for her family. The idea of paying more for each item with 500 calories or more is enough to make her lose her appetite. "I'm going to have to pay extra because I'm in a hurry? And the one time we splurge and get fast food we have to pay extra? On my family of five that would really add up," said Schram.
But Munford sees things differently, saying the bill isn't about raising money, it's about raising awareness for living a healthy lifestyle. Although, he admits, the money wouldn't be so bad either. If the bill passes, he plans to give some of the money raised to education and to UMC. "That's what I'm doing to my constituents, I feel I am protecting them in leading a healthful life," said Munford.
Douglas Porter, owner of the Curbside Café food truck, strongly disagrees. He says with or without an additional tax, his customers will still eat his gourmet burgers. He says in a city like Las Vegas, the bill will not be popular. "I think it's absurd. What are they thinking? Of all the crazy stuff that happens in this town, you're worried about eating a burger at a fast food joint and taxing them five cents? Please," said Porter.
Others, like local resident James Van Buren, say the tax is so small it's not worth the fight. "You wouldn't even notice probably. If you notice five cents, you probably shouldn't be eating out anyways," he said.
Munford says he could present the bill to a committee as early as next week.
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