NY Governor Paterson Proposes Soft Drink ‘Obesity Tax’

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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