-$1.44 per 12 pack
Which products will be taxed? non-diet sodas and other drinks containing large amounts of added sugar,
I got all of this info from the NY State website. Support of the proposal also comes from The Alliance for a Healthier NY.
New Yorkers Against Unfair Taxes has put together a petition with over 13,500 signatures to date.
Why they're upset:
-this tax hurts the people who can least afford it-the middle and lower classes
- 6,000 union jobs in the beverage industry will be lost
(taken from their website)
How do I feel about the tax? Well-to be honest I'm not sure. I don't drink sugar soda, but I do buy juices and really it doesn't matter about me because it's not a tax on Hilary's grocery bill only. As a citizen I have the option to make a choice about things that affect all the citizens around me.
It doesn't impress me that supporting the proposal are major groups and unions. As a member of the teacher's union I've been clumped into a group that supports certain politicians and proposals that I never supported as an individual.