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Dietary supplement tax opponents gather in Montpelier

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A group of Vermont legislators and health advocates are pushing back on a House plan to tax vitamins and other dietary supplements.

The House budget plan proposes to remove the sales tax exemption for candy, bottled water, dietary supplements and soft drinks. Under FDA guidelines, vitamins, folic acid and even energy drinks qualify as supplements.

At a Statehouse press conference Thursday, opponents to removing the exemption say healthy supplements should not be treated like cigarettes or soft drinks.

"We oppose the proposed tax because it would discourage the use of dietary supplements that can be used to safely, effectively and inexpensively prevent and treat disease," said Bernie Noe, a naturopath.

Senators have not yet determined if they will significantly rewrite the House's budget plan.

Removing sales tax exemptions is expected to raise about $3 million annually.

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