News Briefs

Soda Tax

This summer, the Board of Supervisors agreed to put to voters in November a measure that would tax nonalcoholic sugary drinks, with the revenue being used to fund health programs, water fountains, and recreational facilities.

Proposition E’s supporters argue that the tax, if passed on to consumers, would reduce soda consumption by 31 percent and raise up to $54 million a year. However, as CBS SF political analyst Melissa Griffin Caen pointed out in a Week to Week political roundtable, the tax is actually levied at the distributor level, not the point of sale, so a retailer could keep soda prices the same or only slightly increased but still cover higher costs by raising the prices on unrelated items, such as bananas or potato chips.

Share Button

Send to a Friend Print

Upcoming Events

more »
10th Annual Peak2Peak

10th Annual Peak2Peak

Sep 20
Info »
Exploratorium Market Days: Homespun

Exploratorium Market Days: Homespun

Sep 20
Info »
19th Annual Kaiser Permanente S.F. International Dragon Boat Festival

19th Annual Kaiser Permanente S.F. International Dragon Boat Festival

Sep 20-21
Info »
11th Annual S.F.  Out of the Darkness Community Walk

11th Annual S.F. Out of the Darkness Community Walk

Sep 21
Info »
Mutt Magic

6th Annual Moolah for Mutts: Mutt Magic

Sep 27
Info »

Download the Current Issue: September 2014