West Virginia has the distinction of being the only state in the nation to have lost population in the last census and it ranks near the bottom in terms of economic growth. And the legislature in Charleston is debating the tax on Twix bars.
Keep tax high
Charleston Gazette editorial
Commendably, Gov. Manchin sought to lower the state sales tax on healthy food to 3 percent, but hike it back to 6 percent on unhealthy candy and soft drinks, which produce obese kids with cavity-riddled teeth.
But part of the governor’s plan faltered because the official legal definition of candy excludes flour-containing confections such as Kit-Kats, Twix bars and licorice. So the House of Delegates compromised, raising the tax on cola but applying the lower food tax to candy (except for items sold in vending machines). (link)
No mention in the article, by the way, of the fact that West Virginia votes heavily Democratic each year. Nor that there may be a correlation ...