- The Washington Times - Friday, March 13, 2009

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A conservative Mormon state lawmaker says that if Utah wants to raise its tax on tobacco then it might as well raise taxes on such addictive substances as caffeine too.

Rep. Craig Frank has requested that lawmakers study the possibility of taxing caffeine before next year’s legislative session.

In a video post on his blog, the Republican legislator from Cedar Hills says the proposal is simply to prove a point that lawmakers shouldn’t target certain segments of the population and tax their weaknesses.

Legislative leaders decided against raising the cigarette tax this year, but said it will likely be approved in an upcoming session if the economy doesn’t improve.

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On the Net:

Rep. Craig Frank: http://underthedome.org/?p581

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