Speaking of New Mexico, minimum wages aren’t the only issue generating headlines – voters in the capital city of Santa Fe have until next Tuesday to decide whether the city will impose a tax on sugary drinks of 2 cents per ounce – increasing the price of soda by 25 cents per can. Early voting on the proposal, which is projected to raise $7.5 million allegedly for early childhood education, has been underway since April 12. Back here in the east, a budget amendment that was considered by the Massachusetts House of Representatives would have imposed a new tax on sugary drinks of between 1 and 2 cents per ounce, depending on the total gram of sugar the beverage contained. Filed by Representative Kay Kahn as an amendment to the state budget, the amendment was withdrawn but her identical bill (H.3329) is still pending before the Joint Committee on Revenue. Soda taxes are already in effect in Berkeley, San Francisco and Philadelphia, where those taxes continue to generate more tax revenues than anticipated. The City of Brotherly Love reported collected some $7 M in March soda tax receipts, far more than the amounts budgeted and over a $1M more than the $5.9 M scooped up in January and the $6.2 M in February. With that kind of tax revenue on the table, we can expect more cities rather than fewer to look at taxing “sugary drinks.