Soda taxes: Regressive and unnecessary

Source: National Center for Policy Analysis
by Thomas A Hemphill

“A soda tax internalizes the negative externalities of market activities — in this case the ‘public’ health costs of obesity and other diseases — by assessing at least a portion of these costs to consumers or soft drink manufacturers. Soda taxes are also flat taxes, thus regressive in nature, negatively impacting lower-income consumers.” (02/14/17)