[Ed. – But it’s all about how it makes left-wing activists feel, so who cares?]
Soda taxes disproportionately affect lower income Americans, according to a new study released by the Tax Foundation.
Taxes levied per ounce on sugary drinks by Democrats in Berkeley, Philadelphia, and Seattle are even more regressive, according to the study. The middle class would pay the most if Congress passed a nationwide soda tax, as two-thirds of its revenue would come from those earning between $20,000 and $100,000. …
Per-ounce taxes can be very costly to consumers. The 1.75 cents an ounce soda tax in Seattle increased the cost of a case of Dr. Pepper from $9.99 to $17.55 at Costco to public outcry.
The 1.5 cent-per-ounce tax in Philadelphia makes soda more expensive than beer. Mark Mustio, a state Republican lawmaker in Pennsylvania, is attempting to repeal the controversial tax, saying, “Singling out one economic sector with an unfair tax that is 24 times higher than the tax on beer is, at best, nonsensical.”