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Soda Sales Tax Bill Clears First Committee

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A Republican measure to eliminate state sales taxes on soft drinks has cleared the house finance committee on a party line vote.

http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kunc/local-kunc-954306.mp3Lawmakers got rid of the sales tax exemption for sodas last legislative session to help fill a budget shortfall. The move led to a big fracture between Republicans and Democrats. And as KUNC's State Capitol reporter Bente Birkeland reports, those divisions were just as stark this time around.

Bente Birkeland has been reporting on state legislative issues for KUNC and Rocky Mountain Community Radio since 2006. Originally, from Minnesota, Bente likes to hike and ski in her spare time. She keeps track of state politics throughout the year but is especially busy during the annual legislative session from January through early May.