Over the last couple of years, you’ve heard about attempts from various cities and countries to tax sugary drinks.
The explanation was to help fight obesity.
The hope was that higher taxes would cut down on sugar use like it has with tobacco.
The plan failed in Denmark, they just crossed the border to Germany or Sweden to stock up.
Several cities suggested this tax and were met with a wall of opposition from citizens and corporations.
They fought it most recently in Philadelphia, with the producers trying to create opposition by calling it a “grocery tax”, suggesting stores would just raise the cost of other items to cover it.
But, it passed in Philadelphia, perhaps because the word obesity never entered into it.
The tax gained support because the money, more than $90 million a year is expected, will be spend on education for children.
They will finally have decent funding for prekindergarten and libraries and community schools and some recreation facilities and more.
As a tax-paying parent, would you support a sugar tax under these circumstances, or are you being taxed enough already?
Let me know what you think.