Governor David Paterson(NY) is proposing a tax of around 15 per cent in his budget in a two-pronged attempt to improve health and cut a $15 billion budget deficit.
Various states, including New York and California, already impose sales taxes on soft drinks, sweets and snacks. Fast food chains in New York City also have to list the calorific content of items on their menus. However, Mr Paterson's proposal marks the first attempt to distinguish between "diet" and "non-diet" versions of a product.
By doubling the existing 7.5 per cent sales tax, Mr Paterson could bring in an extra $400 million to state funds
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I am apalled at the items on our grocery shelves and how nearly everything is made with artificial crap that the bozos at the FDA have deemed to be OK.
Just because the FDA deems it as OK, doesn't mean you should consume it. The FDA isn't a health and wellness center, it's merely an agency for "protecting the public health by assuring foods more effective, safer, and more affordable; and helping the public get the accurate, science-based information they need to use medicines and foods to improve their health". People need to have common sense, too. I think like cigarette tax, tourism tax, and fur/luxury tax this is probably a good revenue generator. If people are going to buy the crap, make it work toward your state's benefit. Once they pay the state deficit down, this money should be continued to be used to fund Health/Nutrition Education initiatives.
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