Lynchburg shoppers react to proposal eliminating state sales tax on groceries

Lynchburg & Central Virginia News

LYNCHBURG, Va. (WFXR) — Gov. Ralph Northam’s grocery tax cut proposal is an effort similar to part of Governor-elect Glenn Youngkin’s campaign platform. The proposal would eliminate the Commonwealth’s 1.5 percent sales tax on groceries.

According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), the average family of four might spend nearly $1,000 per month on groceries. With this proposal, they would save $15 each month.

Lynchburg shopper Johnny Myles spends $300 to $400 each month on groceries with a family of three. Although he’d be saving only $4 to $6, he says this tax cut proposal is great news.

“I commute to work. I drive about an hour 20, and what I’m spending here for groceries, that could be gas money,” said Myles.

“It’s not all that much, but every little bit helps — especially with the rising prices of everything else,” said Frank Chapman, who was seen shopping at a local Kroger.

This year saw record numbers for inflation — even causing a bump in meat prices.

“We do buy a whole cow and a whole pig each year, so we don’t have to buy a lot of beef or pork,” said Chapman.

Chapman says his wife usually does the shopping and spends about $1,000 a month on groceries for their family of six. That’s not including the $10 to $15 she’ll spend almost every day on other essentials at places like Kroger.

Eliminating the 1.5 percent sales tax on groceries might help to even things out when it comes to overall spending.

Some Virginia officials expressed concern about taking money out of education, but Northam says the school systems will not be hurt and whatever they eliminate will be compensated.

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