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D.C. Considers 1.5C-Per-Ounce Soda Excise Tax One Week After Implementing 2% Soft Drink Sales Tax

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Nothing new here; just the socialists finding ways to ruin things in life that people enjoy such as a bottle of soda.


Today in "we must find new things to tax, even if we've already taxed them" news, Washington DC’s City Council is considering a plan to place a 1.5 cent per ounce excise tax on soda and other sweetened beverages, according to Fooddive.
The proposal comes just a week after the DC Council put an additional 2% sales tax on soft drinks and it already has support from 8 of the 13 DC council members. It will affect soda and any other sugary drinks, such as Gatorade, iced coffee and orange juice.
Drinks like diet soda or other beverages containing artificial sweeteners would be exempt from the tax, as would alcohol and beverages with milk as the main ingredient. The estimated $21 million in annual revenues the tax would bring in will go to educational and food programs.


Naturally, the beverage industry stands in stark opposition to the tax. Ellen Valentino, a spokeswoman for the DC Beverage Association, called the tax a "big mistake" and said "people will flee in order to purchase beverages and other grocery items outside the city’s borders."

And yet again, it’s the consumers that wind up getting screwed: the tax would add about a dollar to the price of a 2 liter bottle of soda. This will cause manufacturers and retailers to likely hike prices to consumers. Some have speculated that since Washington DC is close to the Maryland border, people could travel across state lines for their soft drink needs.
These types of taxes have also been enacted in several cities in California, Boulder, Philadelphia and in the state of West Virginia. Cook County Illinois implemented a similar tax in 2017 but repealed it just months later after pressure from the American Beverage Association. California’s proposed tax didn’t make it through the state assembly this year, although it may be brought up again soon.
States like Arizona and Michigan have already passed legislation prohibiting local governments from adopting food and beverage taxes.


The effect of the tax has been noticeable where it has been implemented.
A study published earlier this year took five years of data from Berkeley, California, and found a 52% decrease in soda consumption in the first three years after the tax was adopted. After two months of Philadelphia's soda tax, which is the same rate as the proposed D.C. excised tax, a study found residents were about 40% less likely to drink sugary drinks daily than those in other cities. Philadelphia's tax projections, however, were lowered 15% in March 2018 and didn't make major changes in the population's consumption of healthier fare, so its tax could face a repeal.​
Beverage makers are likely to posture up for a significant fight of the DC excise tax. The beverage industry has already spent $48.9 million since 2009 to work to oppose these taxes.
But two other groups of concerned individuals, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Heart Association, are both urging legislation to reduce consumption of sugary beverages, not only through taxes, but also through marketing campaigns. They argue that milk and water should be the default drinks for children in vending machines and that soda should not be allowed to be purchased with government benefits.
 

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When did basic math begin to need small cutsie pictures to convey it's messages?
and when did we let statisticians begin to do our basic math for us?
 

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But none of those ignorant jackasses will simply stop buying sodas, right ?
I have no sympathy for them at all -
 

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The soda industry lobbyists but be slacking in their game.
 

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The area bottlers ought to make a sweetner-free version for the DC market.
Right on the new labeling print in big letters " JUST ADD SUGAR or SWEETENER".
Problem Solved.
 

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But none of those ignorant jackasses will simply stop buying sodas, right ?
I have no sympathy for them at all -
That’s exactly right...laughable that the “haaaaarvard” study predicts less diabetes. SMH.
 

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One of the few things government has done to actually help people. Soda is poisonous and very unhealthy!

Have you ever seen a skinny person drinking Diet Coke. They exist but they're very rare!
 

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The area bottlers ought to make a sweetner-free version for the DC market.
Right on the new labeling print in big letters " JUST ADD SUGAR or SWEETENER".
Problem Solved.
I believe soda water is already sold in stores
 

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If they stop drinking soda, they will be healthier and save money to buy silver, that works for me...
 

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The area bottlers ought to make a sweetner-free version for the DC market.
Right on the new labeling print in big letters " JUST ADD SUGAR or SWEETENER".
Problem Solved.
Dagnab, GOLDBRIX!! THERE is a startup idea that could really bloom.
 

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One of the few things government has done to actually help people. Soda is poisonous and very unhealthy!

Have you ever seen a skinny person drinking Diet Coke. They exist but they're very rare!
The soda tax doesn't help anybody except the politicians who get more money to throw around to help them get re-elected.

People will just pay more for their daily sugar fix, or they'll drive to the next town over and buy their sugar there.

Lots of things lots of people consume every day are toxic. Taxing soda and not taxing french fries and triple cheeseburgers is nothing but hypocrisy.
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The soda tax doesn't help anybody except the politicians who get more money to throw around to help them get re-elected.

People will just pay more for their daily sugar fix, or they'll drive to the next town over and buy their sugar there.

Lots of things lot so fpeople consume every day are toxic. Taxing soda and not taxing french fries and triple cheeseburgers is nothing but hypocrisy.
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We can't save them all.
 

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We do tax fast food, at least in Florida, but if you want we can put more taxes on it.
 

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Every city, county or province that has done this discovered one thing.

That those who do NOT want to pay the stupid tax/fee, etc care to guess what they do?

You are absolutely correct. They go to the city, county, province right next door to the city, county or province that is charging said fees/taxes. These cities, counties and provinces LOOSE money because they are seeing the sales of soda sold in their stores going down. BUT those same stores are also seeing all their OTHER products sales also DROPPING because people have stopped shopping in the stores that they normally shop in.

Those shops that are across an invisible line that does NOT charge fees/taxes see THEIR sales go up, not just for soda but for all sorts of other products.s

Funny that their minds are so small that they can't conceive that shoppers will actually drive to other cities, counties or provinces to AVOID THEIR ATTEMPT TO CONTROL LIVES.

Stupid politicians.
 

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The estimated $21 million in annual revenues the tax would bring in will go to educational and food programs.
IOW it'll go down a rathole and the only difference anyone in DC will notice, is that soda costs more, and some politicians have bigger boats.

These kinds of ideas never work the way the local dictators seem to think they will. People that really really want soda and don't like paying huge taxes for them will simply get them elsewhere. Others will simply drink less soda and the goobermint won't get as much as they anticipated in taxes. For myself, as soon as I see gumbymint drones attempting to dictate social behaviors with their silly mandates, I begin looking for somewhere else to live.
 

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Being an old fart, a fambly moved in nearby when I was a kid during WWII. They were from Boston. There was a kid the same age as me.

What we call soda, folks up there called it "phosphate". First time the kid said it, I thought he was talking about medicine.
 

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Being an old fart, a fambly moved in nearby when I was a kid during WWII. They were from Boston. There was a kid the same age as me.

What we call soda, folks up there called it "phosphate". First time the kid said it, I thought he was talking about medicine.
We used to call it tonic back on the Northshore Boston where I grew up
 

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Jeez... How'd you come out so straight??

Whole 'nother country, up there at the Big Dig. Different language. I learned from my passenger how to "bang a right" at the "bubbler" while minding "The Boys".
 

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