Posts Tagged ‘soft drink tax’

Soda Tax Morphs Into Sales Tax

May 27, 2010

Soda Tax Morphs into Sales Tax

The District of Columbia Council voted down a proposal to tax sugar-sweetened beverages, but turned around and passed a bill extending the city’s 6 percent sales tax to all “non-alcoholic beverages with natural or artificial sweeteners.”

The original proposal would have added 10 to 60 cents to the price of containers of full-sugar soda, punch or sports drink. The new bill taxes all sweetened beverages, even diet sodas without sugar. If it passes the final vote, the new tax would be easier to administer and will raise revenue, but it will not be the disincentive to sugar consumption the original bill sought to create. Sugary drinks contribute to obesity, a major American health problem.

 

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Jock Juice Kills Soda Tax Bill

May 24, 2010

Jock Juice Kills Soda Tax Bill

The District of Columbia Council was considering a tax on sugar-sweetened soft drinks last week when Ward 5 Council Member Harry Thomas, Jr.  started waving bottles of sugary “sports drink”:

“Thomas, armed with bottles of Gatorade, argued that the proposal was too confusing because it would also apply to some sports drinks and protein shakes.

‘This is a 20-ounce bottle of Gatorade,’ said Thomas, a little league sports coach. ‘So if I take this 20 ounce bottle and the tax applies, that means each one is 20 cents more … for something I want my kids to have after a game.'”

If 20 cents would keep the Councilman from dosing innocent kids with over-priced Kool-Aid, that’s one more reason to pass such a bill. Sports drinks are bad for kids, and bad for legislation, too. Gatorade grandstanding worked; the DC Soda Tax bill is dead.

The soda tax bill was aimed at curbing childhood obesity and funding a healthy school lunch program. Sugar-drink champions beat the soda-taxers at their own game: they demanded sugary sports drinks “for the sake of the children.”

[Quoted excerpt above from “Council all but kills soda tax,” Tim Craig, Washington Post.]

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Soft Drink Tax

May 14, 2010

Soft Drink Tax

The District of Columbia is considering a tax on sugar-sweetened soft drinks. There is opposition:

“They taxed the cola drinkers,

and I didn’t speak up because I don’t drink cola.

Then they taxed the Diet Coke drinkers,

and I didn’t speak up because I don’t drink Diet Coke.

Then they taxed the Hawaiian Punch drinkers,

and I didn’t speak up because I don’t drink Hawaiian Punch.

Then they taxed the Perrier drinkers

and by that time no one was left to speak up.”

— after Martin Niemöller (1892–1984).

 

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