Democrats to Tax the Poor
and Give to the Rich
- Leftist Democrats in California want to put a 24 cent per can tax on soda purchased by the poor and middle class and then "redistribute that wealth" to community based organizations with "needs".
(Los Angeles Times) - Two Democrat state lawmakers on Tuesday proposed a "health impact fee" of 2 cents per ounce on sugar-sweetened sodas and other drinks sold in California.
The proposal by Democratic Assemblymen Richard Bloom of Santa Monica and Jim Wood of Healdsburg would add 24 cents to 12-ounce soft-drink cans, to be charged at the distributor level.
The more than $2 billion expected to be raised each year under the tax would be given to counties, cities, community-based organizations and licensed clinics to create and maintain obesity and diabetes prevention programs.
The money would also go toward providing safe drinking water and creating oral health programs.
"The last thing that hard-working Californians need is another tax, which will only make it even more difficult to make ends meet in one of the most expensive states in the nation," said Bob Achermann, executive director of CalBev.
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