ROB HOELL REPORTING
December 15, 2008
Editor’s note: In other words, Paterson wants people to drink more aspartame.
As if there aren’t enough taxes, you could soon be paying more for soda.
In an effort to close the $15 billion state budget gap, New York Governor David Paterson is calling for a 15 percent tax on soft drinks.
If you drink diet, you’re okay. The tax would only be imposed on regular, non-diet soft drinks.
The logic: it could generate more than $400 million while helping to curve obesity.
For that reason some public health advocates support the soda tax, hoping it will lead to healthier choices.