Making tax on soda work
I was intrigued by Monday’s editorial by Rep. Masland regarding the proposed 1 cent per ounce tax on sugar beverages. Although the thrust of his article on the need for such a tax to help parents choose healthier alternatives is right on, the tax must be collected at the point of sale to provide any meaningful benefit. Childhood obesity, if not curbed early enough, will lead to many diseases and significantly higher health care costs. As Vermont moves towards single-payer health care, we need to make every effort possible to promote healthy living habits. Unfortunately, these habits can’t be mandated, but they should be highly encouraged in our children, as well as adults. Thus meaningful taxation will play an important role and should be promoted by our Legislature.