New York State Tax on Soda Cheered by CSPI

The Executive Director Michael F. Jacobson of the Center for Science in the Public Interest has given his support to NY Governor Paterson’s soda tax proposal:

The first point you should consider when weighing soda taxes? Soda consumption harms taxpayers. Taxpayers in New York State and elsewhere are already paying a heavy price for out-of-control soda consumption, since taxpayers subsidize much of the treatment of obesity, diabetes, and other expensive health problems.

Those health problems put an enormous strain on state and federal budgets, in some cases, nearly to the breaking point. That’s why Governor David Paterson’s proposal to levy an excise tax on soda and other sugared drinks makes perfect sense. It’s a courageous yet common-sense move that I hope all governors, and all state legislators, consider replicating.

Unlike milk or juice, soda provides nothing but empty calories to the diet; it is a totally unnecessary and worthless product that everyone would do well to avoid. A state tax on these disease-promoting drinks could raise a billion dollars a year and put a modest dent in consumption. That’s a windfall for taxpayers in more ways than one.


4 responses to “New York State Tax on Soda Cheered by CSPI

  1. Soda companies are good corporate citizens. They employ people in various communities and give to those communities in times of need. One of the first companies to respond to the tragedy in Haiti was Coca-Cola with a donation of $1 million dollars to the Red Cross. On the ground, Coca-Cola is getting four thousands cases of water through to Haiti each day. Keep going Coke — Please keep helping!

    Governor Paterson should back off the soda. It is not the source of the obesity problem. Inferior physical and nutritional education, which of course leads to poor exercise habits and ill-advised diets, are the cause of inflated waistlines. Having a salad with a Coke is far better then a bottle of water to wash down a face full of dirty water dogs. Add walking up the stairs instead of taking the elevator and you’re golden.

  2. It is repugnant fundamentally for the government to have an “obesity” tax and lay therin on the Soda companys. If this precident is set it means every other sugar containing food is next. Is that what kind of country, or state this has become?

  3. Ok. So where in this article does it state the personal responsability of the soda drinker? There is a personal responsability for everyone as to how much they consume. Why is New York singling out soda companies? Does that mean that eating 6 hot dogs is good for you, or rather a few candy bars? This is actually discrimination against soda. This is just another case of the gov’t trying to tax something else, to try to get more money to spend on their personal agendas. As a taxpayer I would like to know where this tax revenue would go. I know the answer is going to be healthcare, which is a bunch of bull. New York should provide us with information as to where every tax dollar goes. In a down economy, putting a crippling tax on soda companies will not only be unfair to the consumer, but will cost jobs in the soda industry. Let’s not forget, WE THE PEOPLE run this country, so why don’t we get to vote on this issue because most of our politicians are right on board with their own personal agenda.

  4. Yes, I understand the cost to taxpayers–diabetes, etc. Single cause is soda? Ridiculous.

    What about the cost of booze to our society? 70% of crime is alcohol fueled. What is the cost of arrests, court, both public defense and prosecution and all else that goes with it?

    Mmm? Lawyer lobby anyone?

    Besides–this soda tax will be a pre-paid and cannot be backed out at the cash register. SNAP (food stamp allows such purchase) — it’s a shell game–the feds pay the states. Their own brand of stimulus.

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