Navajo advocates make push for junk food tax

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FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Lawmakers on the country's largest American Indian reservation will consider a bill this week that could resurrect a proposal for a junk food tax.

Elected officials across the country have taken aim at sugary drinks with proposals to limit the size of beverages that could be sold, impose a tax or require warning labels. Those efforts haven't gained widespread traction.

Earlier this year, the Navajo Nation Council approved an additional 2 percent sales tax on snacks high in fat, salt and sugar. Tribal President Ben Shelly vetoed the measure, saying it was unclear how the tax would be enacted and enforced. He also shot down a bill to eliminate the tribe's 5 percent sales tax on fresh fruit and vegetables.

Two measures before the council this week seek to overturn those vetoes.

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