Governor Paterson proposes 'Obesity Tax,' a tax on non-diet sodas

**Governor Paterson proposes ‘Obesity Tax,’ a tax on non-diet sodas **

BY GLENN BLAIN and KENNETH LOVETT
DAILY NEWS ALBANY BUREAU

Sunday, December 14th 2008, 11:37 PM

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ALBANY - A can of Coke could soon cost New Yorkers more than just calories.

Gov. Paterson, as part of a $121 billion budget to be unveiled Tuesday, will propose an “obesity tax” of about 15% on nondiet drinks.

This means a Diet Coke might sell for a $1 - even as the same size bottle of its calorie-rich alter ego would go for $1.15.

Paterson’s budget also calls for a 3% cut in education spending, a $620-a-year tuition hike at SUNY and a $600 increase at CUNY - and about $3.5 billion in health care cuts, a source said.

The Democratic governor will not call for a broad-based income tax boost, but he will push to restore the sales tax on clothing and footwear.

The drastic belt-tightening comes as lawmakers struggle to close a $15 billion deficit this year and next.

“It’s painful to make these decisions,” Paterson said Sunday.

State employees again will be asked to forgo their 3% raises next year and defer five days’ pay until they leave their jobs, the source said. In all, Paterson will propose about $9 billion in cuts, $4 billion in new taxes and fees, and $1.5 billion in nonrecurring revenue, a second source said.

The so-called obesity tax would generate an estimated $404 million a year. Milk, juice, diet soda and bottled water would be exempt from the tax.

nydailynews.com/ny_local/2008/12/14/2008-12-14_governor_paterson_proposes_obesity_tax_a-1.html

Is he aware of the dangers believed to be posed by artificial sweeteners in diet sodas?

Trishie;

Is he aware of the dangers believed to be posed by artificial sweeteners in diet sodas?

Sure, that’s why he is taxing it again. :confused:

He also disclosed 135 other new taxes. They’re going to be taxing EVERYTHING! Gotta love them liberals…Roanoker

What a stupid proposal. What favorites of his can we tax?

I actually know a lot of people who drink sodas/sugary drinks and are quite thin. I am quite envious of them.

On the other hand, I am fat and never, ever drink cokes, fruit punch, etc. I don’t go near anything that has corn syrup or artifical sweetners in it.

I say let him tax the stuff. It is pure junk. But if he is going to tax that, he ought to tax the sugar you buy at the store as well.

Do you really want the government to start deciding what is good or bad for us and tax what they think is bad? Soda is still a food item and as such should be taxed across the board or not at all. Not this silly notion of one being taxed while another isn’t.

I hope the advocates of these taxes remember the reason why we declared independence from Britain in the first place.

Maybe the people should tax every politicians’ word. Think of the revenue that could generate given how much politicians love to talk.

I am sorry to say this, but the US is heading closer and closer to communism everyday!

turtle18;

I actually know a lot of people who drink sodas/sugary drinks and are quite thin. I am quite envious of them.

On the other hand, I am fat and never, ever drink cokes, fruit punch, etc. I don’t go near anything that has corn syrup or artifical sweetners in it.

I say let him tax the stuff. It is pure junk. But if he is going to tax that, he ought to tax the sugar you buy at the store as well.

I say, let him tax everything but: cokes, fruit punch, etc, and corn syrup or artificial sweeteners.

Or anything else that YOU eat!:mad: How about HE CUTS HIS DARN BUDGET!:mad: :mad:

LRThunder;

I hope the advocates of these taxes remember the reason why we declared independence from Britain in the first place.

Why? Don’t you know that the Libs castrated this nation in the 60’s? LOL What are we gunna do? LOL The people want socialism. They would **never again **rebell over taxes.

ljprevo;

I am sorry to say this, but the US is heading closer and closer to communism everyday!

Don’t worry. We are only half way there:

bloodtoiltearsandsweat.blogspot.com/2007/09/communist-goals-1963-documention-below.html#links

Why would he want to tax non diet-sodas? There is evidence now that diet soda’s lead to metabolic syndrome and make you fat.

Good; we need to ban this unnatural junk from our diets anyhow. These chemicals are having adverse impacts on our children and future generation.

How?
It is an insult to the many who have suffered and been brutally killed under harmful regimes such as that of Stalin and Pol Pot to say the USA is going that way.

yes, they should tax hamburgers and fries too.

This is a genuine question, are cigarettes and alcohol taxed higher in the USA?

Also, don’t the government decide which drugs are illegal :rolleyes:

What’s next? Compulsory government-owned, pay-to-play vomitoria in every restaurant?

I don’t know in the USA, but in Canada cigarettes and alcohol are taxed very very highly.

If Canadians can’t afford alcohol, how do you stay warm?

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