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January 22nd, 2010:

Will the soda tax drive New Yorkers to the bottle?

7 Eleven Beer Can, 1970's

Where has 7-Eleven brand beer been all my life?

Governor Patterson’s cent-per-ounce soda tax might be the most regressive new tax proposal around (as was pointed out in a previous post by commenter John), but it still has a silver lining—at least for the beer companies.

The New York Times’ City Room Blog reports that if passed, the soda tax would make some six-packs of beer cheaper than coke.

Now I enjoy an ice cold Coca-Cola as much as the next guy. But let’s be honest, if beer and Coke are even close to the same price, beer wins every time.

Of course entirely swapping beer for soda in your diet will be a little difficult unless they repeal some of our oppressive public consumption laws.

[City Room]

Give it cupholders and I’ll take it [Americanization]

Tata Nano - ( View In Large Size)

If only there was a place to put my Big Gulp...

America, they say, is a melting pot. We welcome foreign people and products to our shores with open arms (particularly if they are sleek, Asian-manufactured electronic products).

But is America really ready to embrace a $3,000 Indian “People Car” which gives new meaning to the terms “sub-compact” and “bare bones?” TBM’s Matthew DeBord thinks so—provided that engineers slap a few cupholders in the American version, that is.

[The Big Money]

Are soda taxes coming to NYC? [action alert]

Day 32 - GenericLast summer the sushi-and-tofu crowd tried to get Congress to pass soda taxes as part of the healthcare legislation.

Of course, levying extra taxes on American staples like Coca-Cola and orange juice is about as popular as a tax on Christmas cards so the proposal didn’t really go anywhere. But now it appears that the state budget crisis in New York might just bring the soda tax back from the dead.

According to an email alert from Americans Against Food Taxes, Governor Patterson is proposing a whopping 12-cent per can tax on soda and sweetened drinks.  If passed, such a tax would increase the cost of your average 12-pack by nearly 30 percent!

But you can help fight back.

The good folks at Americans Against Food Taxes have put together an email that you can send to your elected representatives. So join Coca-Cola, The American Beverage Association and countless bottlers, distributors and shopkeepers by telling Gov. Patterson not to tax the simple pleasures we all enjoy.

Click here to help!

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