Utah Considering New Soda Tax

I would submit one probably wasn’t too surprised by Seattle, Philadelphia and a host of California cities adopting additional taxes on sugary beverages, so-called soda taxes, but Utah?? Well, it seems that the soda tax proposal is part of an array of Tax Reform Proposals being entertained by the Tax Restructuring and Equalization Task Force…

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Another Look at DC Soda Tax

Last week, we advised you that the DC Council amended the District sales tax in order to grab an extra 2% sales tax on the sale of sugary drinks. Without wasting any time at all, this week, Councilmember Brianne Nadeau introduced a new measure that would replace the sales tax increase with a new excise…

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DC Hikes Soda Tax, Undetected

With much sleight of hand – and very little, if any, transparency, the DC Council slipped in an additional increase to the District sugary drink tax, when it passed the DC budget back at the end of May. Proposed by Ward 3 Councilor Mary Cheh as part of the $15.5 billion budget instead of as…

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Doctor Groups Target Sugary Drinks

Two medical advocacy groups joined the sugary drinks fray this week with issuance of a joint policy statement asking legislators to limit sugary drink consumption. The American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Heart Association are endorsing price hikes on sugary drinks through imposition of new excise taxes as well as adopting limits on advertising…

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CT Governor Wants Soda & Plastic Bag Taxes –

On the subject of increasing taxes, Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont put himself front and center with submission of his FY2020 state budget. The spending plan, which Lamont rolled out last week, includes a new 1.5 cents per ounce tax on sugary beverages which he projected would raise over $163 million. Although a number of cities…

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Court Blocks San Francisco Soda Warnings

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, unquestionably the most liberal federal court in the nation, surprised many last week when it unanimously upheld an injunction against a San Francisco law mandating health warnings on ads for soda and sugary drinks. The City by the Bay adopted legislation back in 2015 that mandated specific language relating…

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Seattle Soda Tax Collections Beat Estimates

As we know, the city of Seattle passed its new 1.75 cents per ounce tax on soda and other sugary drinks in June 2017 and made it effective January 2018. Almost one year since to the day, the city is boasting soda tax receipts of over $16.9 million – almost $2 million in revenue beyond…

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One Win, One Loss on Soda Taxes

Two other states sent questions to the voters about soda taxes and the voters gave one a yes and the other a no. Oregon voters rejected Measure 103 by an overwhelming margin of 57 – 43%. The proposal would have banned most new taxes on grocery items – especially soda and other sugary beverages. The…

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Elsewhere On The Ballot

With just over 10 days until the critical 2020 midterm elections on November 6, this is a good time to underscore the importance of small business men and women exercising their civic duty to vote – and protect your business interests. Aside from the Senatorial and Congressional battles around the country, there are a number…

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Soda Taxes Done, Council Looks at Scheduling

With its egregious soda tax legislation having been ratified by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court a few months ago, the Philadelphia City Council has now turned its eye to another business-killing idea. They announced they’ll hold a public hearing on October 30 to review restrictive scheduling legislation pending before the body. The legislation, introduced back in…

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