/DC Democrats propose new sugary drink tax to address ‘health inequities’ (Another Dem Tax!)
DC Democrats propose new sugary drink tax to address 'health inequities' (Another Dem Tax!)

DC Democrats propose new sugary drink tax to address ‘health inequities’ (Another Dem Tax!)


DC Democrats propose new sugary drink tax to address 'health inequities' (Another Dem Tax!)

| BlazeMedia

Lawmakers in the nation’s capital are proposing enacting a new tax on sugary drinks, hoping that forcing consumers to pay more for products they want will deter them from consuming sugary beverages.
What are the details?
Democrat Brianne Nadeau, a member of the Washington, D.C., city council, introduced a measure Tuesday that would enact an excise tax of 1.5 cents per ounce on beverages the city government considers “sugary drinks.”
The legislation would repeal an existing 8% sales tax on sugary drinks, which is 2% higher than the existing sales tax in Washington.
Enacting the sugary drink tax would “begin rectifying longstanding health inequities made even more apparent by the COVID-19 pandemic.”
“One thing that COVID-19 has made abundantly clear is that we need to get serious about addressing health inequities in the District,” Nadeau said in a press release.
Mary Cheh, a council member who sponsored the bill, told WTOP-TV, “This excise tax would go right on the product. Thereby making it apparent to the purchaser that it is more expensive than it was.”
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