NY Governor Paterson Proposes Soft Drink ‘Obesity Tax’

ROB HOELL REPORTING
WPIX
December 15, 2008

As if there aren’t enough taxes, you could soon be paying more for soda.

In an effort to close the $15 billion state budget gap, New York Governor David Paterson is calling for a 15 percent tax on soft drinks.

If you drink diet, you’re okay. The tax would only be imposed on regular, non-diet soft drinks.

The logic: it could generate more than $400 million while helping to curve obesity.

For that reason some public health advocates support the soda tax, hoping it will lead to healthier choices.

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