State health commissioner pushing for tax on sodas
Submitted by Howard Owens on April 5, 2010 - 8:57am
Dr. Richard F. Daines is on a crusade. The one-time Morman missionary thinks people should not consume sugary drinks.
He wants the state to impose a one-cent-per-ounce tax on these beverages. He figures the tax would reduce consumption by 15 percent. He also estimates the tax will help raise $1 billion for the state.
And if you happen to believe this is just one more government intrusion on personal choice, then he thinks you're a dupe of the soft-drink lobby.
He ridiculed what he called the “personal choice” argument that government should stay out of people’s kitchens, saying it was being promulgated by “AstroTurf false-flag operations” that are really supported by the soda pop industry.
Read the story in the New York Times.