AUGUSTA – A lawmaker is calling for an increase in the tax on roll-your-own cigarette tobacco.
The proposed tax increase would help to fund an effort to bridge the statewide hunger gap.
Representative Scott Hamann, D-South Portland, said “Essentially, what it would create a food and farm fund. And that fund would be used to end hunger in the State of Maine. The dollar value to end hunger is about $10 million, which estimates are that 10 million dollars could procure 20 million pounds of food from Maine farmers, locally grown produce, support the local economy.”
Hamann said the food would feed seniors, schools and low-income families.
The proposal will be discussed by members of the taxation committee within the next couple of weeks.