The Truth About Beverage Taxes
Beverage taxes enacted in communities don’t have the positive health impact that lawmakers seem to think they do. Proponents of a “soda tax” or “sugary beverage tax” say they reduce sugar in the diet and decrease obesity rates. But the facts prove otherwise – in fact, numerous studies show that a tax on sodas and other sugar-sweetened beverages have not reduced beverage calories in a significant way. What they do is raise prices dramatically on everyday beverages, hurting working families, small and local businesses and their employees.
The price increases from a tax hurt lower-income communities and people who work paycheck to paycheck the most. More taxes are the last thing working families need right now amid crippling inflation, supply chain issues and the price of gas making everyday items more expensive already.
Numerous independent studies have made it clear – beverage taxes don’t work when it comes to driving down obesity rates and consumption.
“The companies can’t sustain the losses that they’re taking. I don’t know how our members stay employed with the companies or what the future holds for them.”
– Dan Grace, Secretary-Treasurer of Teamsters Union Local 830 to CBS News Philadelphia on the impact of the Philadelphia beverage tax.