Vetoed junk food tax to be challenged by tribal lawmaker

Updated: 03/22/2014 7:51 PM | Created: 03/22/2014 5:25 PM
By: Jeffery Gordon,

Navajo Nation President Ben Shelly vetoed legislation that would create a special tax on junk food and eliminate sales tax on nuts, fresh fruit and vegetables.

However, tribal lawmaker Jonathan Hale is preparing to override Shelly’s veto.

The legislation calls for a 2 percent sales tax hike on chips, candy, cookies, sweetened beverages and pastries that are sold on the reservation.

In order for the veto to work, at least two-thirds of the 24 Tribal Council members must agree. 

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