Colorado

Feb 17, 2010 8:49 AM by Associated Press

Bills to tax candy, soda head to Colorado governor

The Colorado House has approved and sent to the governor a package of budget-balancing bills taxing everything from candy and soda to online sales.

Lawmakers also approved bills taxing energy used in manufacturing and pesticides, despite fears the taxes will cause layoffs.

On Tuesday, lawmakers working to fill a $1.5 billion budget shortfall over two years approved charging a 2.9 percent state sales tax on things including candy and soda, downloaded software and pesticides. Another bill seeks to get online, out-of-state retailers like Amazon to start collecting state sales tax or tell their customers how much tax they owe the state.

Democratic Gov. Bill Ritter proposed closing what some Democrats believe are tax loopholes and called on business leaders to share the state's budget pain.

Republicans called elimination of the tax credits job killers that could extend Colorado's recession and lead to more job losses.

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