SAINT PAUL, MN -- A healthcare reform taskforce formed by Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton removed a proposed vending sales tax increase from its final recommendations.
The taskforce was formed in 2011 to propose policies that would make the state healthier. It consisted of state lawmakers and state health agency commissioners, who issued a set of draft recommendations in September.
The recommendations had originally included increasing the sales tax on vended food or adopting a new "excise tax on unhealthy food and beverages" sold in vending machines.
The taskforce allowed for a public comment period, during which the Minnesota Automatic Merchandising Council, a state council of the National Automatic Merchandising Association, submitted comments opposing both recommendations.
The final draft recommendations were recently released and, in a win for the industry, did not include either recommendation. Instead, the taskforce suggested that the Minnesota legislature authorize a study of the impact of increased taxes of this type.
The final recommendations will be acted on in November.