Taxes

Kucinich Wants to End Tax Deductions for Marketing Junk Food to Kids

Fiddling with the tax code while Hostess burns

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Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) on Friday proposed that Congress end all tax deductions associated with the marketing of junk food to children, and said this proposal should be part of the final plan to avoid the fiscal cliff.

"Did you know that we're actually giving tax deductions out to big companies that go ahead and advertise and market products that contribute to childhood obesity?" he asked on the House floor.

"So what I'm doing is introducing a bill right now that would protect children's health by denying any deduction for advertising and marketing that's directed at children to promote the consumption of food at fast-food restaurants or any kind of food of poor nutritional quality.