MA Dems Push Regressive Soda Tax That Bernie Sanders Opposed

BOSTON -- Beacon Hill Democrats are so desperate to grab more revenue, they are pushing a regressive soda tax that hits the poor so hard that Sen. Bernie Sanders opposed it.

"Working people and families in Massachusetts must be doing a double-take now that Democrats are pushing a new tax that hurts the poorest residents in the Commonwealth. Despite their rhetoric about reducing income inequality, Democrats are proving they're really just obsessed with spending more taxpayer dollars in whatever way they can - even if it's from a harmful proposal that's so regressive that Bernie Sanders campaigned against it." -MassGOP Executive Director Brian Wynne


Mass. Democrats Pushing Regressive Soda Tax... 

"The bill would set up a tiered tax rate based on the amount of added sugar per 12 fluid ounces of a drink over 5 grams. Beverages with between 5 and 19 grams of sugar per 12 fluid ounces would be taxed at one cent per ounce. Beverages with 20 or more grams per 12 fluid ounces would be taxed at 2 cents per ounce. A 12-ounce can of Mountain Dew, for example, contains 46 grams of sugar and would cost an extra 24 cents under the bill." (Steve LeBlanc, "Massachusetts weighing new tax on sodas, sugary drinks," AP, 5/13/17)

...That Sen. Bernie Sanders Rejected As Harmful To The Poor

"'Making sure that every family has high-quality, affordable preschool and child care is a vision that I strongly share,' Mr. Sanders said, in a written statement. 'On the other hand, I do not support paying for this proposal through a regressive tax on soda that will significantly increase taxes on low-income and middle-class Americans. At a time of massive income and wealth inequality, it should be the people on top who see an increase in their taxes, not low-income and working people.' Over the weekend, Mr. Sanders continued to express opposition to the tax, at campaign events and on Meet the Press." (Margot Sanger-Katz, "A New Policy Disagreement Between Clinton and Sanders: Soda Taxes," New York Times, 4/22/16)