Mayor Bloomberg Calls for Sugar Tax

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Mayor Michael Bloomberg who uses his office to promote a healthier lifestyle for New Yorkers – urged Albany to tax sugary drinks by one cent for each ounce in his weekly radio address this morning.

He estimated a nearly $1 billion windfall from the tax, which Gov. Paterson considered in the past but dropped amid stiff opposition.

Bloomberg said the levy would help stave off childhood obesity, while raising money for education and Medicaid.

By making heavily sugared drinks just a little bit more expensive, we can make a major dent in obesity just as weve made a major dent in smoking by raising cigarette taxes, Bloomberg said in his prepared address.

He predicted the tax would reduce consumption of sugary beverages by 10 percent or more.

Source: NY Post

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17 Responses for “Mayor Bloomberg Calls for Sugar Tax”

  1. Cicero says:

    NYC Republicans should also applaud Craig A. Eaton for being the first GOP chair in the boroughs IN 2009 to help Mayor Bloomberg run for a 3rd term on the GOP line – AND this was after he left the Party to become an “independent.”
    WTF?

    Is the “Sugar Tax” a nice Republican, conservative idea?

    Thanks Craig Eaton, Chair of the Brooklyn GOP, for all you’ve done to advance the Brooklyn GOP since you became chair in 2007! It would not have been the same without you!

    Mayor Bloomberg Calls for Sugar Tax!

  2. Anonymous says:

    WHY KEEP DIGGING IN EVERYONE’S POCKET. THE WORLD GETTING SO LAZY.PEOPLE SIT AROUND SO THEY DRINK SODA,AND EAT SWEET TO PASS TIME SO LETS GIVE SOME COMMUNITY SERVICE TO THE ONE’S THAT CAN WORK.AND MAKE THE PLAY GROUND SAFER FOR THE YONGER KIDS THAT WAY THEY WON’T GET OVER WIEGHT. OR PUT THEM TO WORK ON A FARM .

  3. Mary says:

    Don’t these people have anything better to do with they time and take care or real problems. These people that pass these laws also drink soda and eat things with sugar. The government doesn’t know how to buget the money for the state of NY. I drink soda and I am thin. So obeity has nothing to do with soda, sugar or fast food.

  4. Mary says:

    The government should look at the shool food that htye service to the kids everyday. It is unhealthy and more of the time it have been expire. THey are worried about a sugar tax on sugar.

  5. JOE says:

    MARY U ARE VERY WRIGHT I DRINK PEPSI AND I’M NOT OVER WEIGHT.

  6. Danae says:

    SAY NO TO SUGAR TAX!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I drink Pepsi & am not overweight. Try turning off the TV & Video games and go outside!!!

  7. [...] the context he is making it.  I recall that he has also made a similar argument in the context of New York’s proposed sugar tax.  Once we have embarked on a particular social program, it becomes fiscally responsible to [...]

  8. Steve says:

    Im 14 and i think that if Bloomberg really wants to decrease obesity by increasing tax on sugar, then he should make the tax like 15 dollars a liter or something so ridiculous no one will by soda. This hole scheme is just a way to get the government more money.

  9. Steve says:

    *whole

  10. [...] kidding) said that he expects the tax to reduce “sugary beverage consumption by 10% or more” (Source). The sugared beverage tax would encompass drinks that consist of less than 80% juice, and the [...]

  11. [...] There are more “Sin Taxes” to come from Big Mama. There’s already talk of a sugar tax in NYC, and a fast food tax in [...]

  12. [...] himself to be a cheerleader for tax hikes and big-government interventions. Earlier this year, Bloomberg proposed taxing sugar drinks a penny an ounce since the Mayor takes issue with any city resident enjoying a [...]

  13. Patrick says:

    When are these idiot politicions going to get the message! Stay out of our private lives! Ex Govenor Patterson found this out!

  14. Alan D. Katz says:

    ‘Tis better to have a fat body than be a fathead (or have an inflated ego)

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