The Seattle City Council introduced a new kind of tax on the market. This time, the legal fee is going to penalize sugary drinks, be it soda or any other kind of beverages with high amounts of sugars. On top of that, authorities decided to redirect the new source of funds to community segments that were affected the most by such commercial products. These are efforts to leverage healthy foods. Moreover, the financial aid is going to support more education programs.
Distributors Will Have to Pay 1.75 Cents per Ounce of Sugary Drinks
From now on, Seattle is going to impose a tax on all sugary beverages. This tax will ask for 1.75 cents per ounce. Those who will support the payments will be distributors of these products such as the two top players in this industry, namely Coke and Pepsi. On the other hand, authorities excused diet drinks from this tax.
The proposal received seven out of eight votes which excited supporters of healthy choices. Community groups and public health advocates expect this measure to diminish the influence of sugary drinks. These products are often called as one of the agents that contribute to health issues such as obesity and diabetes. Moreover, they have almost no nutritional value for consumers which render them inappropriate for an ideal lifestyle.
Opposition Believes This Tax Acts against Consumers and Labor Market
On the other hand, the opposition greatly criticized this decision. Most businesses and even labor groups that spoke against this tax claimed that it would affect consumers of low income the most in the end. Moreover, others described this new law as regressive, and it is going to cause the elimination of jobs.
Nonetheless, Seattle gained access through this move to a growing health circle with other nationwide cities. Oakland, California and Philadelphia, San Francisco have already signed in for this health program. However, it was only last month when Santa Fe, New Mexico, ruled against this soda tax.
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