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"Leave No Child Inside" Sin Tax

Kiddie Wellness: “Leave No Child Inside”

With childhood obesity on the rise in America, people are coming up with inventive ways to try to combat the problem. Some environmental groups like the Sierra Club are backing the New Mexican “Leave No Child Inside” initiative. According to the Sierra Club,

The Leave No Child Inside Act proposes a 1% excise tax ("sin tax") on the purchase of new televisions, video games, and equipment. Proceeds, estimated at $4 million a year, will go into a fund to be spent on outdoor education. This fund will be administered by the NM Public Education Department. The goal is to fight obesity and poor school performance which may result from excessive TV, movie, and video game exposure.

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The Sierra Club also says that there are medical studies that link the proposed "sin tax" products to obesity and poor school performance.

Do you think it could help reduce obesity and improve educational performance?

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krys786 krys786 9 years
ccsugar ccsugar 9 years
I agree jennifer76.
jennifer76 jennifer76 9 years
I think that would be a great way to make people stop and think before they buy stuff like that for their kids. At the same time, I just can't get behind "sin taxes" - paying more for doing things the government doesn't like you doing...? Scary how far they could take that.
Renees3 Renees3 9 years
this is ridiculous. Now they tax us on what THEY consider bad? I should NOT be penalized for buying myself something new, no matter WHAT it is. It's my money and my life. If they want to get kids outside, they need to come up with a better idea.
gbrsgirl gbrsgirl 9 years
I don't think this is the answer.
meumitsuki meumitsuki 9 years
A 1% tax isn't going to do anything, its all about your mindset. Kids aren't forced to go outside to play. It would be better if students had to get gym credits to graduate, just like in college. They can choose from a list that has everything from yoga to team sports to ultimate frisbee.
babysugar babysugar 9 years
ALSW, I guess if you lived in New Mexico, you'd be paying for better playgrounds and better educational options, too.
ALSW ALSW 9 years
What if you don't have children and you're getting this for yourself???
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