You 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.