Lawmakers on Wednesday took issue with language in the Blue Book that would have said that the initiative “could” result in higher food prices. Instead, the Legislative Council Committee voted by a two-thirds majority for language that the initiative “will” result in higher prices.
“It’s my recollection from economics class that all costs have to be passed on in the end to consumers,” said Rep. Kevin Priola, R-Henderson. “‘Will’ is solid language in that even if it’s a penny per hundred-thousand consumers increased cost, that still is a cost that will happen and will increase.”
But proponents called the change in language “fear mongering.” Jessica Campbell-Swanson, with RBI Strategies and Research, a firm that is consulting the Right to Know campaign, said the language chosen by lawmakers is “speculation.”