State Senate candidate Marian W. La Follette on Wednesday called for a constitutional amendment to repeal the state's new "snack tax" on food, candy and bottled water.
La Follette said the proposed amendment would also prohibit future taxes on food, medical supplies and utilities.
La Follette, who served in the Assembly from 1980 to 1990, is competing with Assemblywoman Cathie Wright (R-Simi Valley) and Fillmore City Councilman Roger Campbell in the June 2 Republican primary for the state's 19th Senate District, which stretches from the San Fernando Valley to Oxnard. The winner will square off with Henry Phillip Starr, a Bell Canyon lawyer, in the general election in November.
Assemblyman Tom McClintock (R-Thousand Oaks), who has endorsed La Follette and appeared with her at a news conference, criticized Wright, La Follette's chief opponent, for contributing to the tax burden by casting the deciding vote to raise vehicle registration fees an average of $60 per vehicle.
John Theiss, Wright's campaign manager, said the assemblywoman had little choice but to support the increase in vehicle registration fees because of tight budget constraints.