The effort to double the sales tax on food is now on life support, and its sponsor says the prognosis is poor. Opponents say they hope that is true, but never believe anything is dead in the Legislature until it adjourns.
"It's become the politically incorrect thing to do," lamented Sen. Stuart Adams, R-Layton, sponsor of SB270. "The people opposing it have done a good job" to label it as a tax hike that hurts the poor and raises taxes even though Adams says that perception is mistaken.
But Linda Hilton, director of the Coalition of Religious Communities, which advocates for the poor, said after talking to lawmakers herself, "I don't know if it's dead or not. We don't assume anything is dead until the Legislature is over."