Missouri House proposes tax exemption for utilities used in making food

From the MissouriNet

The Missouri House has given final approval to a bill that sets up a tax exemption for the use of utilities that go into making food.

House Bill 1448, sponsored by Rep. Craig Redmon  aims to exempt the state’s sales and use taxes for restaurants and others who make food to be sold to directly the public for the electricity, water, gas, or other utilities used to make that food.

He denies the bill is being proposed for any special interest group.

“Yes it will help other people, but when I took this bill on it wasn’t for the big guy, it was for the little guy,” said Redmon.

Representative Lyndall Fraker (R-Marshfield) said taxing both the food and the utilities used to make it is double taxation. “Why should the taxpayers, or why should the consumer have to pay tax on a product twice?” asked Fraker.

The proposal, HB 1448, now goes to the Senate.