Beverage Lobbyists Killed Soda Tax


Successful lobbying by the beverage industry is what killed the soda tax, the Times explains in an analysis of Governor David Paterson’s failed campaign. “The health message resonated with public-spirited groups like the New York Academy of Medicine and editorial writers,” says the public-spirited Times. “Enter New Yorkers Against Unfair Taxes, set up by beverage companies, grocers, Teamsters who represent drivers and production workers and others.” The American Beverage Association spent $9.4 million on its opposition campaign in just the first four months of 2010. The Alliance for a Healthy New York, a group the supported the tax, spent about half that. Where was the tobacco lobby when we needed them?

New York Drops Soda Tax Plan After Ad Campaign [NYT]