When Boston was a confectionery manufacturing center, a tax on candy was deemed out of the question, but now Gov. Deval Patrick has proposed such a tax. The NCA said it will review the proposal. "The truth is, candy represents less than 2% of the average daily calories Americans consume," NCA’s Susan Smith said. "Does Mass. really want to tax products like the conversation hearts produced by NECCO? Oh u kid, we say to the governor!" In the 1980s, House Speaker Tip O'Neill worked with the NCA to repeal an 8% tax on candy in Washington, D.C.
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