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Stock up on Coke, the soda tax is coming

Side of LifeThe New York Health Department is apparently ready to move forward with plans for a soda tax, according to a report in the New York Post.

“It’s time to get it done,” State Health Commissioner Richard Daines told the Daily News. “We’ve talked about it, the evidence for health benefits is getting a lot stronger, and the need for the revenue this year is definitely there.”

Daines is confidant the Legislature will pass the tax this year, setting an example for the rest of the country to follow.

A regressive tax that would threaten the very institution of free refills does not sound like a good example for the rest of the county to follow to me.

I still doubt this tax will come to pass, it is, after all, wildly unpopular. But it still might be a good idea to start stacking up on your favorite soda just in case it does in order to delay its impact on you.

Regular cans usually have around a 39 week shelf-life and probably taste good enough to drink for up to a year. A word of advice though, artificial sweeteners in diet drinks greatly reduce their shelf life and are sensitive to heat. So it’s probably a good idea to keep a good idea to keep your hoard limited to regular sodas.

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