A soda tax is not fair. Why another tax? We don't need any new tax revenue for government to squander.
Soda is not the only reason for obesity.
(native of New York)
I do not approve of a tax on soft drinks. I also disagree with the assumption that it will reduce obesity. Most obesity is caused by ingesting more calories than one expends. Soft drinks are only a small portion of that simple equation. There is serious doubt that the tax will be used to educate people on how to reduce obesity. Why not tax pickles? On hundred percent of people that eat pickles die so that would help reduce the death rate?! The logic is non existent. This appears to be a politically or socially acceptable spin to get approval for increased taxes to meet our growing deficient with no resolution of eliminating the deficient.
I am a producer and I like the direct payments, but we are subsidizing the foods that are most fattening.
I believe the soda tax would be a good start toward the obesity problem.
I don't feel that taxing soda pop is going to cure the obesity problems that are plaguing our society. If state governments need to generate more income maybe they should consider taxing luxury items such as jewelery, boats, campers etc., things that are not a necessity.
Ken from central Iowa