Let them eat cake… or not.
The other week while shooting in NYC, we were able to attend a State Senate committee meeting on the proposed tax on soft drinks that contain any form of sugar sweetener.
This has been a very hot topic for many people and the reactions were mixed at best. It was almost split down party lines.
As much as some people believe it would make a great added deterrent to purchasing these drinks and agree that it is a form of empty calories, many are enraged as they claim they will only end up going next door to Jersey to make their purchases.
One state senator claimed that he buys a large amount of soft drinks for his family and that none have a major obesity problem. Though others state that they consume way too many soft drinks and could use any help they get. One other possible scenario going around is that not only is it empty calories but also a very addictive additive.
The one problem that I and many others have found with this proposal is not what it is intended to do but what it is not. That being, the allocation of funds derived from any tax. There is no indication that it would pay for any health related care in the state and no guarantee that a dime of it would go to any health related causes or treatments.
So while the state grapples with adding one more tax in this economy, many are wondering if it is not just another case of local or state governments overstepping their bounds.
What do you think of a proposed tax on sugary drinks? Good? Bad? Going too far? Would it deter you from buying your beloved soda?
— Barry Roskin Blake
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