To Establish the Let's Grow Maine Program
|Sponsor:||Representative Scott Hamann, House 32|
|Bill #:||LD 1548|
UPDATE: This bill died between the Houses.
UPDATE: This bill has passed the House by a 75-71 vote. It is now in the Senate.
UPDATE: This bill received a divided report from the committee. It is now on to the House.
This bill establishes the Let's Grow Maine Program, which will be administered by the Finance Authority of Maine with the purpose of purchasing fruits and vegetables from farm businesses in the State for distribution to schools, senior citizens and individuals with low income through a public and private partnership. The program is funded through a newly created Food and Farm Fund that will receive dedicated revenue, starting in July 2019, based on 1/2 of the tax revenues from noncigarette smoking tobacco products. The bill increases the tax for noncigarette smoking tobacco products from 20% of the wholesale sales price to 47%, effective January 1, 2018. If the tax on cigarettes is increased on or after January 1, 2018, this tax, as well as the taxes on smokeless tobacco, will be adjusted by a rate that is equivalent to the percentage change in the tax rate for one cigarette.