When taxes on food and beverage products are proposed, it is the people that can least afford these additional costs that are impacted most. That includes hard working and lower-income families, but also the local businesses that rely on the sales of these products to customers for their livelihoods.

That’s why restaurants and businesses in Fairfax, Va. are speaking out against a proposed “meal tax” in their county. The reality is that this tax isn’t really a “meal tax,” it’s a food tax. The tax will be applied to not only meals at restaurants but all ready-to-eat foods that are bought at grocery stores, coffee shops and convenience stores.

This tax, like so many other similar taxes that have been proposed, is regressive and disproportionally affects lower-income families. These hard working families already spend a higher percentage of their money on groceries, and simply can’t afford this added cost.

Click here to read more about how the Food Tax will negatively impact the families and businesses of Fairfax.