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New York Weighs Tax on Non-Diet Soda

Tough times have hit state governments, and as a result New York's Gov. Paterson plans to put his state's budget on a diet by cutting funding of education and health care. But he's also hoping lean measures can raise money — the governor wants to tax non-diet soda, that he claims will bring in $404 million for the state.


Other revenue-raising ideas include: requiring new license plates, reinstating sales tax on clothing purchases, and requiring Indian retailers to collect taxes on sales to non-Indians. Paterson has to get creative if he wants to reduce the $12.5 billion state budget deficit.

If New York is going to tax soda, should it just go all the way and tax regular and diet?

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StolzeMama StolzeMama 8 years
Obviously so was I!
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 8 years
Oh Hainan....I was just being sarcastic! :raspberry:
StolzeMama StolzeMama 8 years
Yeah why not ban everything that isn't good for you. Soda/chips/cigarettes/ driving over 65/ extreme sports/coffee/chocolate cake. Take all of the power away from people and into the hands of government.. YAY!
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 8 years
Shouldn't we ban cigarettes first?
LaLaLaurie06 LaLaLaurie06 8 years
really? taxing diet soda? uhm... okay...
geebers geebers 8 years
Yes we do have a recycling program- it is mandatory and you will get fined if they catch paper where plastics should be or cans in the trash. TS so funny you find regular too sweet. I think diet is too sweet plus the after taste gets to me.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 8 years
Pop (I won't call it the "S" word) is already taxed in a lot of states. I see no problem whatsoever with taxing it. I do have a problem with only taxing non-diet, though. Anyway, I would MUCH rather see a tax on things like pop than an income tax increase.
True-Song True-Song 8 years
I don't follow the leap from taxing something to banning it. I pay sales tax on clothes, and I paid sales tax when I bought my car. Should we ban clothing and cars?
UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
Why not just ban soda? This is ridiculous.
kscincotta kscincotta 8 years
yesteryear, New York has had recycling programs in place for as long as I can remember. After growing up in NY and always having to separate out my recyclable stuff, I was stunned when I moved to GA and was expected to throw soda cans in the trash. Ick.
True-Song True-Song 8 years
Soda in moderation isn't harmful in the same way even an occasional cigarette is. But I see your point.
organicsugr organicsugr 8 years
I can't believe everyone seems to think it's okay for a giant evil corporation to sell a product they KNOW is harmful!
lilkimbo lilkimbo 8 years
Me too, TS! (On both counts...I can't drink regular Coke and I went and grabbed a Diet Coke.)
True-Song True-Song 8 years
This post definitely just made me go get a diet coke, by the way.
True-Song True-Song 8 years
>There are many studies that say that drinking diet colas can actually make you gain weight but they don't know why. I have read that! And a theory that it's because when you drink it, your body expects calories, so when they don't come you start getting cravings for food. And I am totally guilty of the burger and fries with diet coke. I can't even drink regular coke, it's so sweet.
kiwitwist kiwitwist 8 years
It is taxed here in Canada.
snowysakurasky snowysakurasky 8 years
yes, tax both! if anyone wants to know the truth about aspartame, splenda, and diet soda, please check out the best seller "skinny bitch" you would be surprised how toxic they are.
snowbunny11 snowbunny11 8 years
I think they should tax anything that comes in a bottle. We've been trying to push a bottle bill through the legislature for ages, which would require a deposit on all bottled drinks, not just the "fizzy" ones, and a tax would accomplish basically the same thing- (limiting the amount of plastic crap people buy). My tuition for my SUNY school went up about 15% this SEMESTER, in the middle of the year. And yes, they do not increase financial aid in the middle of the year... They have to do something, I'm anticipating an even larger increase for next year. At which point, I'll probably just transfer to a better private school.
nyaradzom2001 nyaradzom2001 8 years
yep geebers the best is when they order a big mas with large fries, a deep fried apple turnover adn then ask for a large diet soda:oy:
kranky kranky 8 years
Sorry poineers - I didn't mean the people who live in New york need to get over themselves, though I can see how it came off that way. In my opinion, the lawmakers would serve their state better if they spent their time working to stay on budget rather than looking for products that they raise taxes on without too much public outcry.
geebers geebers 8 years
I agree-tax both diet and non-diet. I am a healthy eater that drinks regular soda and I don't really get the distinction. Soda is not good for you -diet in fact may actually be worse because it causes people to eat more.
MandeeLei MandeeLei 8 years
I think this is so stupid.
nyaradzom2001 nyaradzom2001 8 years
diet soda should be taxed too it's no better than proper soda, it just has more artificial sweeteners which are even worse for you.
StolzeMama StolzeMama 8 years
bengal- it's the reservation indians. They don't have to collect any taxes because their land is sovereign and not the us. I don't see how a governor can require them to tax anyone though. That would be like saying another country has to do something because we said so.
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