A pet food tax has been proposed in the State House and State Senate to raise funds to support non-profit organizations in their efforts to operate spay and neuter programs. The bill was introduced last year, but did not move out of committee. It remains to be seen whether it will move forward during this legislative session.
The proposal includes a 3 cents per pound tax on pet food at the distributor level. If approved, local distributors of pet food would determine whether they would pass along any or all of the tax to retailers. Retailers would then determine whether any portion of their increased costs would be passed along to pet owners in the form of higher pet food prices.