Would an Obesity Tax Curb Calorie-Filled Drinks?

By Jennifer 8. Lee AND Sewell Chan

An “obesity tax” of about 15 percent on non-diet drinks is among the taxes and fees ina $4 billion tax plan that Gov. David A. Paterson plans to introduce on Tuesday to close the now $15 billion budget deficit.

As The Daily News notes, the so-called obesity tax would generate an estimated $404 million a year. Milk, juice, diet soda and bottled water would be exempt from the tax. This means a Diet Coke might sell for a $1 – even as the same size bottle of its calorie-rich alter ego could sell for $1.15.