Council votes to remove sales tax from healthy food
By Alastair Lee Bitsoi
WINDOW ROCK, April 24, 2014
This new law will take effect as soon as the Office of Legislative Services and Speaker Pro Tem Lorenzo Bates, pursuant to Title 2 of the Navajo Nation Code, certifies it.
On Tuesday during the spring session, the Navajo Nation Council voted to override portions of President Ben Shelly's Feb. 12 veto of the Healthy Diné Act of 2013. The act consists of two bills known collectively as the junk food tax – a two percent sales tax on junk food and the elimination of sales tax on healthy foods.
But the Council only passed the latter portion of the act – the elimination of sales tax on fresh foods – by a vote of 19-1.
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