Watchdog group blasts Nevada fast food tax proposal

Watchdog group blasts Nevada fast food tax proposal

By Rikki Cheese. CREATED Feb 15, 2013

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- A national watchdog group is blasting a Nevada lawmaker's proposal to tax fast food.

The Center for Consumer Freedom in Washington, D.C. calls assemblyman Harvey Munford's bill, "misguided."

Munford wants a five-cent fee added to any fast food item that has more than five hundred calories.

He claims the fee would help fight obesity and raise money for education.

A center spokesman issued a blistering statement on Friday, and claimed the fees would do neither.

Locals are divided on the issue.

Gerald Wilson says, "If you're going to tax it and it's going to pass that way don't base it on calories. I think it's just foolish."

Marie Hawkins says, "If they raise the money for the education, that would be great."

The fast food proposal is just one of several bills being introduced in Carson City. It has a long way to go before it even gets close to a final vote.

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Rikki Cheese is currently an anchor and reporter for Action News.