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SFA SUPPORTS ANTI-SNACK TAX INITIATIVE

 SFA SUPPORTS ANTI-SNACK TAX INITIATIVE
 ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 23 /PRNewswire/ -- The Snack Food


Association (SFA) has announced its support for a California ballot initiative that would repeal the state's unpopular snack tax and amend the California Constitution to prohibit taxes on all food products.
 The effort is also supported by Frito-Lay, Inc., the nation's largest snack company, the California Grocers Association, and the California Association of Neighborhood Stores. Each of these groups is actively seeking the necessary signatures to place the initiative on the November ballot.
 The snack tax was passed in June 1991 over the strong objections of many food organizations and the California State Board of Equalization in an effort to raise revenue to combat the large California budget deficit. It has become readily apparent that the law is regressive, arbitrary, an administrative nightmare and nearly impossible to implement in an objective manner.
 "During the last six months, a tidal wave of opposition has exposed the snack tax as poor public policy," said SFA President Jim Shufelt. "We shouldn't let tough times result in bad laws. We understand that California faces some tough fiscal problems, but a snack tax is not the way to solve them, because it places additional burdens on those least able to pay increased taxes."
 The drop in support even includes California Gov. Pete Wilson. He supported the snack tax last year, but has now announced he will not oppose the new ballot initiative to repeal the tax.
 "We are confident that California voters will understand the importance of reversing this unfair law that is causing extreme confusion in the marketplace and is doing little to solve the budget problem," Shufelt added.
 Voters who wish to sign a petition to place this anti-snack tax initiative on the ballot in November can do so by calling the California Grocers Association at 916-448-3545.
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 /CONTACT: Alan K. Rickard, vice president for communications, Snack Food Association, 703-836-4500/ CO: Snack Food Association ST: Virginia, California IN: SU:


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