Democracy in Action: Anti-Soda Tax Coalition Emerges

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Lead by approximately three dozen local restaurants, a new coalition against the Soda Tax has emerged in the wake of Mary Cheh’s proposal to the City Council. Members include Magruder’s, Au Bon Pain, Corner Bakery, Pizza Boli’s and pretty much every corner market in the city, as well as an unexpected member: United Medical Center. The tax would add a penny per ounce to every soda purchased, from single bottles, to multipacks.

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5 thoughts on “Democracy in Action: Anti-Soda Tax Coalition Emerges

  1. The notion of a Soda Tax is completely preposterous. Why tax soda? Insane.

  2. Because we need money….I drink sodas hourly and I have no problem with this

    If it helps us close a financial gap, so be it

  3. I know this is a late comment, but I have to say it.

    Instead of taking more money from people, why not have government spend less. I can’t go to my employer if I run out of money. There is ALWAYS some fat in government that can be cut.

  4. Doesn’t anyone think it’s weird that we’re proposing a soda tax which is more than ten times higher than our tax on beer of 9 cents per gallon? 1 cent per ounce = $1.28 per gallon.

    Our hard liquor tax is barely more than the proposed soda tax – $1.50 per gallon.

    If there are people out there who want to help close the financial gap, you can always just send a check directly to the government, you know. That’s not exactly a good reason why this tax is fair.

    If this passes, all it will mean is that the beer lobby has more clout than the soda lobby.

  5. Aloy – I’m totally okay with paying taxes. But why tax *soda*? I’m just asking what it is about soda that makes taxing it a good idea, as compared to bacon, saturated fat, HFCS, etc.? If there’s that big of a shortfall, raise the sales tax. Targeting one product seems crazy to me.

    (Younce: yes, spending less money would be nice. :\)