Because it doesn’t say it anywhere in the article, I just want to say one thing about this:
If Allegheny County added a tax of 1 cent per ounce on sugary soft drinks, it would cut consumption up to 8 percent. It would also produce an extra $54 million in revenue that could be plowed back into anti-obesity efforts.
And from that same article, this:
The county already taxes soft drinks at 6 percent. In March, Mayor Luke Ravenstahl proposed an added tax of 2 cents per ounce on sugary drinks, in line with a plan of his counterpart in Philadelphia.
Lukey’s plan to tax soft drinks is not to create revenue to be plowed into anti-obesity efforts, like his counterpart in Philadelphia; Lukey’s plan to tax soft drinks is to use it to fund the underfunded pension.
There is a big difference, at least to me. If soft drinks were taxed to maybe build parks or to keep the city’s pools open or to improve biking lanes and paths or to do any number of things that encourage good health, I wouldn’t be as opposed to it.
Doing it to plug a hole in the pension fund?