Gum lovers to pay the price..
Here in the UK....
Chewing gum could soon be taxed to help pay the £150million-a-year bill for cleaning it off our streets. Each piece of gum discarded on the pavements is estimated to cost 10p to remove. Councils and MPs say that a tax of at least 1p on every packet of gum should be imposed unless the £300million-a-year industry agrees to help with the clean up bill. Tory MP Mark Field said, "Wrigley's make 90% of the chewing gum sold in the UK but make no direct contribution to cleaning up the mess." The Government has proposed classifying gum as litter so anyone dropping it can be fined £50.
Shadow Cabinet minister Nigel Evans warned that a tax on chewing gum would lead to a glut of "gum runners who would smuggle in supplies to beat the tax." And former Labour minister Doug Henderson branded the idea "unworkable nonsense". Taxes are also planned on fast food cartons and cash machine receipts. Is there anything left to tax?
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