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Viewpoint - Soda Tax

Hats off to State Representative Percy Watson of Hattiesburg. 

As Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, Mr. Watson is allowing a bill that deserves to die to do so by not bringing it up for a vote.  Representative John Mayo of Clarksdale proposed a bill that would levy a tax of 2 cents per ounce on bottled or canned sweetened soft drinks. 

His rationale is that Mississippi needs the money to fight our obesity rates. We do have one of the highest obesity rates in the nation…but putting outlandish tax on soft drinks is not the way to socially engineer the situation.  

People of their seats and into exercise activities and take the responsibility for eating healthier foods.  That is an individual thing and no amount of punishment by taxation is going to fix it.  They only thing it would do is hurt the business community and possibly cost jobs in the bottling sector.  When are politicians going to learn that punitive taxation is not the answer to human behavior.  Mainly, in our opinion, they just want to get deeper in our pockets…and our lives.  We are glad for the leadership of Chairman Watson in this matter.

I'm Jim Cameron and that's today's Viewpoint.  Let us hear from you.  But given some of the mail I've gotten lately…please…keep it clean and at least somewhat civil.

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