Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Another community ratchets up the war on sugary drinks

The latest "nanny state" move that will hit consumers in the pocketbook has just been instituted, in Seattle.

The city council voted 7-1 this week to levy a new tax on certain beverages in what it says is an effort to get people to drink fewer sugar-laden drinks, "particularly in lower-income neighborhoods with high rates of childhood obesity and diabetes," according to Nation's Restaurant News.

The city's logic is that making such drinks more expensive will help encourage less consumption.

It probably is only coincidental that the move is projected to raise about $15 million that will be doled out for non-health things such as "initiatives that give access to preschool," job training programs, and college scholarships. In other words, things the city can hand out and its politicians can take credit for at re-election time. 

The move covers all sweetened beverages, which includes soda, sports drinks, energy drinks, and sweetened iced teas and coffees, as well as juices, flavored waters and non-alcoholic mixers with added sweeteners. Now, a 12-ounce drink will cost an additional 21 cents.

Previously Berkeley, CA, Philadelphia, and Chicago (Cook County) have instituted such a tax, and similar enactments are scheduled to become effective in San Francisco and Boulder, CO. However, in Santa Fe, NM, where the decision was left up to voters, it was rejected.
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