TN: Bill will tax HFCS drinks, lower food tax

posted by
April 13, 2011
The Tennessean    
Posted in News, PND News

"A group of Vanderbilt University medical students say placing a tax on sugary drinks could make a difference for the growing number of obese children across Davidson County and the state. ... Last month, state Rep. Mike Stewart (D-Nashville) showed his support for their efforts and research by sponsoring a bill that would place a one-cent per ounce tax on bottled, sugar-sweetened beverages, but reduce the state food tax by 1 percent." [editor's note: Shifting taxation from general food to specific things is at least some improvement; they do it to booze, maybe HFCS is a worthy target as well - SAT] [additional editor's note: How about shifting taxation from "yes" to "no?" - TLK] (04/13/11)

  • Indeed, Tom.

    Steve, remember the "unintended consequences" aspect of all taxation. The alternatives for sugar in any form are not promising either. The change of behavior desired by those who tax things is seldom or never realized.

    Those who find corn syrup (or Aspartame, or anything else) objectionable can simply refuse to buy it. That's the only proper "control."

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