Housing Complex

Pop Lobby Preemptively Organizing Against 2nd Tax Hike

Love me some Diet Coke. (Lydia DePillis)

You thought the little tax increases on consumer goods in D.C. were over? Well, you're probably right. But after getting burned this spring with the institution of a 6 percent sales tax on sugar-sweetened drinks, the American Beverage Association has started campaigning afresh, this time against a new tax they think could go as high as a penny per ounce.

Their most recent appearance: Last night's meeting of the Beacon Brightwood Business Association, where ABA consultant Vickey Wilcher prophesized that Councilmember Mary Cheh and friends would start nickel-and-diming corner stores again. "We have reason to believe that the Council will come once again to you to say we need a further tax, over and above the six percent," she said, warning of a slippery slope. "Today, sugar sweetened beverages. Tomorrow, what? Eggs? Bread? Milk?"

Cheh's chief of staff, David Zvenyach, denies that anything is in the works. "Although the CM believes it's a better policy option, there are no active plans to implement a penny-per-ounce excise tax on sugar-sweetened beverages," he writes.

Of course, anything is possible in such dire budgetary times as these.

  • Rick Mangus

    Just like the bag TAX, you all have been screwed by the NANNY STATE and LIBERALS like Mary Cheh who needs to keep here ugly face out of other people's business and life!

  • Rick Mangus

    Correction for idiots like, 'Richard' on the City Desk page, lives not life!

  • Mrs. D

    Yeah, the nanny state. Not at ALL a reflection that the fucked up farm bill makes eating crap so cheap and that's placing unreasonable burdens on every level of government and individuals in the form of increased outlays for healthcare.

    I loooooove our current system...subsidize the crap with taxpayer dollars, so that more public and private funds end up getting spent on the fallout from that. But I'm just some crazy northeast liberal elitist who thinks that spending money making people less healthy so that we have to spend more money to get them healthy again seems a little inefficient. What do I know?

    *I grew up in a state (not a northeastern one, to boot) that taxed soda, juice "drinks" (not 100% juice), and other fru-fru non-nutritve beverages for as long as I can remember, at the regular sales tax rate. It isn't food, it doesn't deserve the food exemption from the sales tax.

  • Pingback: DeMorning DeBonis: Feb. 14, 2011 | DC-ON.us