Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick is proposing to impose the state's 6.25 percent sales tax on pop and candy. The sugary treats are currently exempt in Massachusetts. Will this precedent encourage other states to collect tax on the unhealthy foods?
The governor is simply trying to increase his state's budget, according to a report by CBS Boston. The additional funds are slated for healthcare costs and rising fixed expenses. When Gov. Patrick presents his proposal on Wednesday, hopefully he will present the increase as a way to make the people of Massachusetts healthier, not increasingly poor.
By imposing a tax on pop and candy, the unhealthy foods will be more costly, in turn making consumers think twice about spending extra cash on foods with no nutritional value.
Gov. Patrick's proposal also calls for an increase in the cigarette tax and tobacco tax. If approved, cigarettes would increase by 50 cents a pack, and buyers of smokeless tobacco and cigars would pay double the current tax.