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The Obesity Tax Proposal -- A Good Idea Or a Waste of Time?

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.


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