New Yorkers Face Proposed 15% (or more) 'Obesity Tax'

Submitted by SadInAmerica on Wed, 12/17/2008 - 2:33pm.

New Yorkers face an "obesity tax" under plans by their state governor to impose a surcharge on sugary versions of soft drinks such as Coke and Pepsi. ~ Talking Back 

Governor David Paterson is proposing a tax of around 15 per cent in his budget in a two-pronged attempt to !!improve health!! and cut a $15 billion (£9.6 billion) budget deficit.

Various states, including New York and California, already impose sales taxes on soft drinks, sweets and snacks. Fast food chains in New York City also have to list the calorific content of items on their menus.

However, Mr Paterson's proposal marks the first attempt to distinguish between "diet" and "non-diet" versions of a product.

By doubling the existing 7.5 per cent sales tax, Mr Paterson could bring in an extra $400 million (£256 million) to state funds.

He is also expected to increase sales tax on luxury items such as furs and boats. Mr Paterson said he will not raise state income tax, adding: "You can't tax $50 billion (£32 billion) on New York's wealthiest residents. You are going to have to take it from other places and hopefully, if there were to be an income tax, it would be at the end of the process, not the beginning."

However, drinks companies, such as Coca-Cola and PepsiCo are likely to fiercely oppose the proposal.

A 2005 study by the Centre for Science in the Public Interest said that soft drinks were the single biggest source of calories consumed by Americans.

However, Mr Paterson's move is likely to be opposed fiercely by the drinks industry. A spokesman for the American Beverage Association said: "It looks like a money grab. [Mr Patterson] is trying to grab money anywhere he can find it. This is a time when the government, just like families, needs to tighten its belt."

Tom Leonard - December 17, 2008 - source TelegraphUK


This is absolutely outragous!  Aspartame in diet soda and food DOES NOT improve your health!  ASPARTAME CAN  K I L L  YOU!  Does everyone understand?  ASPARTAME IS A DEADLY  P O I S O N!  Please do your research!  This 'Obesity Tax' is nothing more than a money making scam on 'healthy' people to the tune of $400 million!  Save your money and your health, buy something you really need... like a good water filter! ~ SadInAmerica 

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