Posted by: audreybenenati | February 9, 2010

The case for a soda tax: An interview with New York Health Commissioner Richard Daines

By The Post-Standard

February 07, 2010, 5:35AM

A tax on sugary sodas and other soft drinks is included in Gov. David Paterson’s proposed state budget.

Paterson’s first attempt to do this last year with a sales tax fizzled out. The new proposal is an excise tax that would be levied on beverage syrups and soft drinks when they are first imported into the state, or when they are produced, refined, bottled or manufactured.

The tax would be about 1 cent per ounce on soft drinks containing more than 10 calories per 8 ounces. It would apply to non-diet sodas, sweetened water, sports drinks, energy drinks, sweetened bottled coffee or tea and fruit or vegetable drinks containing less than 70 percent natural fruit or vegetable juice.

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