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New York soda tax dead… for now [soda tax]

Ottawa, Canada — March 2010 — At The Corner  1You can stop stockpiling Coke— at least for the time being.

The AP reports that Governor Patterson’s soda tax appears to be a non starter in the Senate.

A proposed new tax on sugary drinks appears unlikely to pass the state Senate, despite passionate campaigning by New York Gov. David Paterson and his health commissioner.

Supporters have pushed the tax as a way to combat obesity while bolstering funding for state health programs. But a number of Democratic senators are opposed, along with the entire Republican conference. With a 31-30 Democrat-Republican split in the chamber, the measure isn’t expected to draw the minimum 32 votes needed for passage.

Good news for the time being. But the food police types behind this tax are hoping that continuing budget woes are going to give them another shot at passing it.

Stay tuned.

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2 Comments

  1. Heesa Phadie says:

    There is an article this morning in the NY Times about how there is a correlation with rising soda costs and lowering of obesity:

    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/16/health/research/16nutr.html

    I show you these things not because I agree with them but only because I love to hear your take and how they’re crap 😛

  2. Free Refills says:

    I think they’re probably right. If you tax people’s food, they can afford less and thus eat less. I happen to think that such taxes are very regressive–they hurt the poor a lot more–and are the wrong way to go about getting people to lose weight.

    And what’s more, it seems to me that a “soda tax” is not so much about making people healthier as it is about regulating something that has fallen out of fashion with the food elite. A Big Gulp full of Coke is about the most uncouth thing imaginable to people who drink infused herbal health drinks for $8 a pop all day.

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