A senate committee in Illinois this week will hold a hearing on a proposal to tax soft drinks and other sugar-sweetened beverages. Supporters of the tax say that it will help reduce obesity, but what about this study that was released recently which found that soda taxes would have no measurable impact?
Shouldn’t these politicians be focusing on what matters most – education, jobs and the economy – and leave the grocery shopping to us?
After all, we can decide what to feed our families without the government’s help. The majority of politicians are listening to their constituents, who are repeatedly showing that they don’t support taxes and bans on common grocery items, like soft drinks. That’s why the public policy debate has moved on from taxes and bans and onto real solutions.