Politicians seeking to punish consumers for buying sugary drinks have seized upon a convenient scapegoat, but they have ignored principles of sound tax policy. The D.C. Council should learn the lessons of the past. You can read this op-ed by visiting The Hill.
If you’ve ever thought it’s cheaper to eat unhealthy than healthy, you’re not wrong. In 2016, Philadelphia passed a soda tax to curb sugar consumption with D.C. passing similar law earlier this month. But lawmakers should know that soda taxes don’t work, as people find ways around them and does little to promote public health. […]
It seems straightforward: Taxing sugary beverages makes them more expensive, reducing consumption and leading would-be soda-guzzlers to lead healthier lives. Obesity declines, as do the myriad health conditions associated with a sugar-rich diet. Success! That’s the argument being made in jurisdictions around the world — including here in the U.S. — in favor of taxes […]
Local governments considering the imposition of taxes on certain foods and sweetened beverage should take a long look at the tax disaster in Philadelphia. It’s been more than two years since Philadelphia began imposing a massive tax on sweetened beverages, and the bad news just keeps rolling in. Court documents now reveal that one of […]
Researchers at the Children’s Nutrition Research Center at Baylor College of Medicine have dealt another blow to the case for taxing sugar-sweetened beverages (SSB). The new study, published earlier this month in Current Nutrition Reports, found that “the evidence supporting [a] relationship between SSB consumption and child body mass index (BMI) is consistently small and […]
Attacks on consumer sovereignty are underway all across the country as politicians attempt to micromanage consumers’ dietary decisions through the tax code. One measure in particular has been adopted by a growing number of localities. So-called “sugar taxes” impose punitive costs on consumers purchasing sweetened beverages like soda, iced tea, and energy drinks. Imposing an […]
In some municipalities and states, local politicians play the role of unqualified dietitians as they seek extra taxes and revenues and as they pass judgment on what foods are suitable for the voters to consume. To read this article, visit The Daily Caller http://dailycaller.com/2018/05/21/sugar-police-consumer-sovereignty/
The op-ed, from ACI writer Alan Daley, can be downloaded at the Daily Caller Website. Since When Do We Coddle Cartels? The Farm bill (S. 954) plans for the US sugar cartel to continue the tradition of pillaging Americans. Already through the Senate, the bill needs House action, notably removal of government’s obligation to ally […]