Soda Tax — Regressive, Unpopular, Rejected

By May 21, 2010Taxation

D.C. Council Member Mary Cheh has been pushing a 1 cent per ounce on non-diet sodas — 72 cents per six pack! — to fund her plan to use the schools to hector children and their parents about bad eating habits.

From Lanny Shepherd, DC Headlines Examiner, “Tax on soda proposal shot down in DC“:

Council members Jack Evans (D-Ward 1), Harry Thomas (D-Ward 5), Muriel Bowser (D-Ward 4) and Yvette Alexander (D-Ward 6) staunchly opposed the proposal. They argued that the tax was an unfair burden on the poor in the city, as the price of a 6-pack of soda would increase by a $1.44. They carried the day, as Chairman Vincent Gray declared the proposal dead after debate and did not hold a vote on the issue.

All in all, it was a very bad day for the fans of regressive, product-specific taxation:

Congratulations to the local business owners in the D.C. area who exercised their First Amendment rights of free speech and petitioning the government. That’s still OK, isn’t it?

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