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Proposed soda and candy tax in Massachusetts

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By: Liz Tufts

ltufts@abc6.com

 

Your next trip to the corner store could cost you more in sales tax. Governor Deval Patrick' s new budget includes a new sales tax on candy and soda in Massachusetts.

Patrick says the 6.25 percent tax would help generate nearly 60 million dollars for infrastructure projects.

Many store owners say the move will only cost them more business in a tough economy. "It's going to take away from disposable income the money has to come from somewhere you to have your basic foods, your mortgage, your heating bills. So there is going to be an effect, " says Shawn Martin, Owner of Briggs Corner Store in Attleboro.

The governor's budget is now being debated in the house and senate.

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