Abolish Mississippi State Grocery Tax

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The State of Mississippi is one of only three states in the US that charges a tax on basic groceries. This costs family households $600 dollars a year on average.

Food is medicine, nourishment, and life. In this country, we are guaranteed to right to life liberty and the pursuit of happiness, all of which are impossible on an empty stomach. This tax disproportionately impacts low-income communities and communities of color disproportionately.

The cost of food related healthcare is estimated between 1-2 billion dollars. Access to healthy food can change the numbers

Mississippi’s sales tax on groceries makes it even harder for Mississippians to afford fresh, nutritious, and locally grown food. With less to spend on groceries, residents are forced to rely on low-cost and unhealthy alternatives. Food insecurity and associated unhealthy diets contribute to
many of our state’s most significant and costly health injustices, including high rates of infant mortality, obesity, diabetes, and heart disease.

With policies like the grocery tax in place, it is no wonder that hunger cost Mississippi’s health care system an estimated $1.08–2.22 billion in 2015 alone. 

There is some support in the MS State House for abolishing this tax, and 69% of MS voters support changing the tax on groceries.  Help us get more support and sign the petition.

 

Statistics from the Mississippi Center for Justice