A proposal in Richmond would lower the cost of eating here in Virginia. A bill has been introduced that would eliminate the 1% local sales tax on food purchases for home consumption, as well as certain hygiene products. It comes after state lawmakers agreed to eliminate the state sales tax on those same products in 2022. While Republicans are largely in favor of it, some Democrats say it’s not worth it because the tax goes towards funding public education here in the Commonwealth. If it does get approved though, there is a provision that would supplement localities’ lost tax revenue. A similar proposal was introduced in 2023, but it eventually died in the Democrat-controlled Senate.