• Petitioned Massachusetts Department of Public Health

This petition was delivered to:

Massachusetts Department of Public Health
Secretary, Executive Office of HHS
Dr. JudyAnn Bigby
Executive Asssitant to Gov. Patrick
Michele Mansilla
President, Massaschusetts Senate
Therese Murray
Massachuestts Speaker of the House
Rober DeLeo
Governor, Massachusetts
Deval Patrick
Executive Office for Administration & Finance
Jay Gonzalez

Tell Mass. DPH: NO increase to Vending Machine Fees

    1. Petition by

      Charlene Glorieux

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health has proposed to increase vending machine license fees by 567% per machine. This is an outrageous increase on an industry that embodies the term “small business entrepreneurs.” The impact upon these businesses would be substantially increasing the cost of business for vending operators. It will surely make the products more expensive for the consumer and would likely force some vending operators out of business.

Vending machines provide a wide variety of food products to customers in many locations where other options are not easily accessible. Vending machines can be found in recreational facilities, in colleges and universities, in public and private schools and in hospitals and nursing homes. We are in business where convenience stores and cafeterias cannot be located, we provide immediate access to food, drinks and snacks and we are open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. We serve the public.

Vending companies pay income taxes, payroll taxes, real estate taxes, personal property taxes, fuel taxes, to name the most common. We pay registration fees, various operating license fee and tolls all supporting the government’s taxation on our businesses. We hire local employees who contribute in their own ways to the local economies and pay their fair share of taxes.

This proposed increase is exorbitant. The fees charged by the Department of Health for most businesses Is several hundred dollars. This increase will “tax” vending companies in the thousands of dollars. It could result in some job losses and surely will affect the prices of your vending favorites.

Help us by signing our petition and loudly proclaiming to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health your opposition to this proposed increase. Say NO to this proposal.

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 250 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Christopher Kraus DEDHAM, MA
      • over 2 years ago

      The type of food in the machines can be dealt with another day. This is about small businesses with local owners.

    • Quentin Lewis CARLISLE, MA
      • over 2 years ago

      Vending machine businesses are the ultimate small business and even if the tax is going from $1 to $5.67, a 567% increase is way too much too fast....

    • Dorothy Manning S. BOSTON, MA
      • over 2 years ago

      They can call them "additional license fees" if they like, but it's really just additional taxes on an industry that already pays taxes.

    • Kelly Walker NORTH READING, MA
      • over 2 years ago

      I use the vending machine at my Job in at Comcast. Price Increases in the machines makes me not want to purchase from them

    • Stacy Kontrabecki BUCKLAND, MA
      • over 2 years ago

      I've been thinking about starting a small vending business - healthy vending. Looks like this is another factor to steer me away from doing so. Please don't make it harder than it already seems to be, particularly since I live in W. MA which does not have the benefit of high populations (# patrons/day/machine).


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