Navajo Nation junk food effort fails

NAVAJO NATION, N.M. (KRQE) – An effort to resurrect a junk food tax on the Navajo Nation has failed.

Earlier this year the Navajo Nation council had approved a two percent sales tax increase on snacks high in fat, salt and sugar.

But the tribal president vetoed the measure, saying it was unclear how the tax would be enacted and enforced.

Tuesday the council took up the issue again, hoping to override the veto but it failed by three votes.

The council was successful in eliminating a 5 percent sales tax on fresh fruit and vegetables another measure the president had vetoed.

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