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Opinion: Do we really need the New Haven Trio’s sugar tax?

Terry Cowgill
Terry Cowgill

Contributing op-ed columnist Terry Cowgill lives in Lakeville, blogs at ctdevilsadvocate.com and is news editor of The Berkshire Record in Great Barrington, Mass. Follow him on Twitter @terrycowgill.

What is it with New Haven and soda pop? Does the Elm City consume more soda than comparable cities? Is its obesity rate higher? Not as far as I can tell, which makes me think there must be something in the water — or perhaps in the energy drinks sold at the Stop & Shop on Elm Street.

In the last six months, three high-profile politicians have proposed new taxes on sugary drinks, the vast majority of which is consumed as Pepsi, Red Bull or the like. Do they know something the rest of us don’t know?

Back in February, newly elected Mayor Toni Harp proposed a statewide tax on soda. The mayor, who had just arrived at City Hall after 20 years in the state Senate, proposed a tax that would go beyond New Haven’s borders because Connecticut law doesn’t permit municipalities to enact new methods of taxation. Such authority must be granted by lawmakers in Hartford — a long shot.

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One response to “Opinion: Do we really need the New Haven Trio’s sugar tax?”

  1. Casey Smith

    They’ve already taken the soda machines out the schools and drastically changed the school menus all in the name of the ” “The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act” of 2010. Most of the follow up reports that I’ve read indicate that the high school kids, particularly athletes, are ravenous by the time they get home and the students in the lower grades are dumping most of the food in the garbage can. This has become such a problem that many students are bringing their own lunches to school and various districts are abandoning the plan wholesale. Mind you, these are results from a population where the government stepped in to promote healthier eating and it’s not working. Whatever makes the legislators in New Haven think that a tax on sugar is going to work in the general population? Sounds to me like DeLauro, Looney, and Harp have been hanging out with Michael Bloomberg too frequently.

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