Sugary drink tax plans have advanced in San Francisco. A new proposal would add a 2-cents-per-ounce tax on soda and other drinks with added sugar. According to a report from Wednesday (Oct. 30), the idea may now be put to a vote in November 2014. That's a long time for debate on both sides of the issue, which is sure to happen with just how much money it would cost to purchase a 32-ounce soda in the near future.
It isn't the first time that a city has tried to do something like this, with New York City being the most infamous on a list of failed proposals. Mayor Michael Bloomberg tried to simply ban sodas being sold over a certain size, but the policy ended up being struck down. Other cities have put proposals such as this one up to a vote, only to find that there actually wasn't as much support for it as originally anticipated.
Supervisor Scott Weiner formally submitted the proposal, stating that, "it would reduce the consumption of sugary beverages while specifically setting aside proceeds of the tax for physical education and health programs." It's a good goal to have, but adding a sugary tax plan such as this might prove difficult. All businesses selling beverages will likely fight it because of the costs that consumers will have to pay. It would mean that purchasing a 32-ounce Pepsi would cost 64 additional cents on top of its original price.
Let the debate begin.
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