State Lawmakers Consider Taxing Soda, Sugary Drinks

By Brian Lemay 3 comments


WEARING A BOMB BELT AT THE MAIN TRAIN STATION. THERE WAS A SMALL EXPLOSION DURING THE INCIDENT, BUT NO ONE ELSE WAS HURT.>. AND NEW AT 5:30, STATE LAWMAKERS CONSIDERING THE NEW SODA TAX. THE HIGHER THE SUGAR CONTENT OF THE DRINK T HIGHER YOU’LL PAY — THE HIGHER YOU’LL PAY. THE BILL’S SPONSOR SAYS IT COULD PROMOTE HEALTH AND WELLNESS. SOME SAY IT’S A GOOD IDEA, OTHERS SAY IT WILL HURT THE ECONOMY. HERE’S MORE FROM RYAN KATH. THAT’S HOW MANY PACKS OF SUGAR ARE IN THIS ONE BOTTLE. THAT’S RIDICULOUS. REPORTER: TO TAX OR NOT TO TAX, AS MUCH AS 2 CENTS ON OUNCE ON SUGARED SODA AND OTHER DRINKS. THE SUGAR SWEETENED BEVERAGES CONTINUE TO HIGHER RATES OF PREVENTABLE CHRONIC DISEASES LIKE DIABETES, OBESITY, CANCER, STROKE, TOOTH DECAY AND HEART DISEASE. REPORTER: THEY WANT TO REDUCE THE HEALTH PROBLEMS BY MAKING THE DRINKS MORE EX- PENSIONIVE IN HOPES OF — EXPENSIVE IN HOPES OF CUTTING EXPOSURE. IF YOUR FAVORITE SODA HAS MORE THAN 20-GRAMS OF SUGAR IT WOULD BE AN EXTRA 2 CENTS ON OUNCE. TAX PROPONENTS SAY THE REVENUE WOULD BE INVESTED IN PUBLIC HEALTH PROGRAMS. IT’S EXTREMELY HIGH, EXTREMELY BURDENSOME AND FOCUSED HEAVILY ON LOW INCOME HOUSEHOLDS. REPORTER: OPPONENTS OF THE TAX SAY HOLD ON, NOT ONLY WILL IT HIT CONSUMERS, BUT IT WILL COST JOBS AND HURT BUSINESSES. BORDER ISSUES WE’D HAVE TO DEAL WITH, TRAFFIC WOULD CERTAINLY FLOW OVER THE STATE LINES EVEN MORE SO THAN NOW. MASSACHUSETTS RETAILERS WOULD LOSE ABOUT 700 MILLION DOLLARS A YEAR IN RETAIL SALES. THAT’S FOOD STORES, CONVENIENT STORES, RESTAURANTS, THEATERS, AND BARS. REPORTER: SO HERE’S THE EXAMPLE. THIS 20-OUNCE COKE AS 65-GRAMS OF SUGAR, SO IF TAXED WOULD

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Iniguez TV

Jun 6, 2017, 9:50 pm Reply

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cjbos81

Jun 6, 2017, 10:06 pm Reply

People are babies.

javi del

Jun 6, 2017, 1:23 am Reply

more taxes for the poor, GREAT.
politicians do not care about poor people's health.

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