Soda Tax in DC? Awesome!
May 28, 2010 25 Comments
Anything that makes us drink less soda, is good. Why? My list is long, but I think this NYC Ad Campaign does a good job to sums it all up:
The measure, part of the 2011 budget plan, would add the tax on sodas, sports drinks and energy drinks, but not drinks containing milk, juice, coffee or tea. The tax is expected to raise approximately $7.92 million a year, to assist the city’s $300 to $400 million deficit.
Research has shown increasing the price of soda by 18 percent would result in a decrease in overall sales, leading to fewer calories a day for regular soda-drinkers.
The soda tax is currently in place in 33 states, with an average rate of 3 percent, although some states are currently considering increasing the rate.
The American Beverage Association, which is against soda taxes, believes such bills would be a “regressive and discriminatory tax that will not teach our children how to have a healthy lifestyle, and will have no meaningful impact on child behavior or public health.”
The final vote of the 2011 budget is scheduled for June, and then it will be sent to the mayor and Congress for approval.