Local governments in Minnesota could not tax food or the packaging it comes in — “clarification” that Senate Republicans included as they wrapped up their tax bill before a floor vote.   Mendota Heights Democrat and physician Matt Klein warns it would prevent municipalities from taxing, for example, high-sugar foods.

Luverne Republican Bill Weber responds lawmakers need to be concerned about the affordability of food.

New Hope Democrat Ann Rest points out the measure would also prohibit cities from putting a fee on plastic bags.

It’s expected the Senate will vote on Republicans’ tax bill in the near future.   Then negotiations begin with House Democrats, who passed their bill with a top-income tax increase.