I broadly agree that we americans consume too much sugar but I'm worried that many will find drinking artificial sweeteners as detrimental as I have. Somewhere I have a link to a source article with references to the study behind this article but alas, I'm not finding it in my Pinboard - https://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2010/01/....
What about all our other over-sweetened junk foods? What about all our fried snack-foods?
These taxes currently only drive purchases out of your jurisdiction, lowering your tax base but not preventing the bad behavior. If you want a sugar tax to be effective it needs to cover a large enough area that I can't easily avoid it.
Boulder, CO has a two cent per ounce sugar tax. It has been extremely effective- I now always stop at a gas station in Denver to buy a soda before driving into the Boulder city limits (I only go to Boulder once or twice a month).
It's just like how we used to drive across state lines to buy cheap fireworks as a kid.
Are there any other goods taxed after quantity rather than a sales tax? It seems complicated.
EDIT: Ah, cigarettes and alcohol (in the US) apparently:
Isn't that the point? If it went unnoticed because it was too small then nothing would really come of it.
I hate 'sin' taxes in all forms including this one. Tax alcohol, tobacco, cannabis, and now sugar. It's meant to control behavior, but they disproportionately affect the poor. They do a poor job of controlling behavior. Any cigarette smoking given the choice between having no lunch or having no cigarettes is going to choose cigarettes every time. That's not controlling behavior it's subverting it.
In common scenarios this can be a 134-236% tax. Cigarette tax is roughly 50%, Marijuana is roughly 50%, Liquor is roughly 30%.
Store brand 2-liter: $0.88, 67 ounces, $0.0175 per ounce, $1.17 in tax, 134% tax.
During all of December, 2-liter Cokes at Walmart in my town in Washington (not sure about Seattle) were $0.95 with $1 off coupon when buying two, this yields the 236% tax rate.
If milk is listed as the first ingredient, it's not taxed. So 1200 calorie milkshakes are a substitute.
Hey, it could be worse.
I live in a place where as of Jan 1st of this year, you have to pay a tax on plastic bags (5 cents per bag).
Unlike soda, just about everyone who goes grocery shopping in small increments uses bags (because a cart is overkill).
Yesterday I left the grocery store with a chicken breast sticking out of my coat pocket.
I doubt the diet soda is going to be much better for you. Seattle seems crazy. Banning plastic straws. Sure wouldn't want to live there, maybe visit but they even want to ban people from driving gas and diesels into the city! So I guess skip them on the road trip across the country once they do!
Electric cars are all about control, limiting freedoms and are gimmicky. The new Tesla you have to use the touch screen to even open the glove box! Even the AC is touch screen based - which I think is unsafe compared to a tactile physical knob.
http://komonews.com/news/local/seattle-other-major-world-cit... - wonder how huge of a fine they'll give to tourists just passing through.
I really think these local governments are out of control. I really hope the feds step in and do something to them using the Commerce Clause to end this nonsense. I think there are certain things cities should be prohibited from regulating.