It seems that not a week goes by that I don’t see Mayor Luke Ravenstahl on TV declaring that we need some kind of new tax. What has he decided to tax this week? Well, it has come to the attention of Lord Ravenstahl that there is a deadly substance that people come in contact with everyday and that the people of Pittsburgh, not being as smart has him, need help avoiding. What is this toxic substance that could lead to your untimely demise be? Sugar.
That’s right, sweet delicious innocent sugar. To be more precise it’s the sugar that is contained in all beverages we drink, and the only way to stop us from killing ourselves is tax it. This tax would cover all soda, energy drinks, and sweetened teas.
The way it would work is this: For every 2oz you will be charged $0.02. That means 24 more cents a can, 40 more cents a bottle, and $1.35 more a 2 litter. That is a pretty hefty increase when you also consider that in Allegheny County we already have a 7% sales tax. That means if you go down to your local 7-11 and buy a bottle of soda that normally costs $1.00 it is now going to cost $1.47. That’s almost 50% in tax!
By Sean Brett
Editor Note: I published Sean’s rant on MrBaconpants because we brought up the Sugar Tax on Bacon Live last week. I thought it helped add context to why we were so fired up about it.