The Obesity Tax Proposal -- A Good Idea Or a Waste of Time?
January 20, 2009
A proposal on the table to help balance the New York state budget is an “obesity tax”, which would place an 18 percent sales tax on non-diet soda and other sweetened drinks with less than 70 percent fruit juice.
New York Governor Paterson said the tax would help raise $400 million, and State Health Commissioner Richard Daines made the YouTube video above explaining why he thinks it's a good idea. He points out how the obesity rate has increased as more people drink soda instead of milk.
Assemblyman Ron Canestrari, however, is opposed to the obesity tax. He argues that there are better ways to fight obesity and better ways to raise money for the cash strapped state.