NY Guv Seeks 'Obesity Tax' on Soft Drinks

Tax on 'liquid candy' would raise $404M
By Jim O'Neill,  Newser User
Posted Dec 15, 2008 8:50 AM CST
New York Gov. David Paterson wants an "obesity tax" on sugared soft drinks.   (AP Photo/Tim Roske)
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(Newser) – New Yorkers with a hankering for the “Real Thing” may be paying 15% extra if lawmakers pass Gov. David Paterson's proposal to add an “obesity tax” on non-diet soda, reports the New York Daily News. The state’s doctors said the move—which could raise $404 million—would help fight childhood obesity.

The proposal is part of a host of taxes and budget cuts Paterson will unveil tomorrow as part of an effort to close a $15 billion deficit this year and next. (Read more David Paterson stories.)