Soda Tax Falls Flat in Mississippi House

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

A potential soda tax is losing its fizz at the Mississippi Capitol. Democratic Rep. John Mayo of Clarksdale proposed a tax of 2 cents per ounce for sweetened bottled or canned drinks. He wanted money to fight obesity.

House Ways and Means Chairman Percy Watson says he doesn't expect to bring Mayo's bill up for a vote, so the issue will die.

Still, Watson held a hearing Wednesday, giving supporters and opponents a chance to speak.

Business groups said the tax would hurt the economy.

Health advocates said a tax could deter some people from buying sugary drinks.


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  • by Anonymous Location: Collinsville on Feb 19, 2010 at 08:44 PM
    They want to pass a tax on a grocery item? Wait a minute. Weren't they just debating in the legislature about lowering the grocery tax and raising the cigarette tax? All we need is more taxes in a downtrodden economy like this. No wonder people can't make their mortgage payments.Legislators in Jacktown are trying to squeeze blood out of a turnip.
  • by JESSE Location: MERIDIAN on Feb 18, 2010 at 09:13 AM
    THIS WOULD HAVE BEEN A GOOD TAX. WE HAVE TOO MANY PEOPLE IN MISSISSIPPI RECEIVING WELFARE THAT ONLY PAY SALES TAX NO PROPERTY TAX. ALOT DO NOT PAY THEIR WATER OR LIGHT BILLS. LOT OF THE WELEFARE PEOPLE WORK AND STILL RECEIVE A WELEFARE CHECK. CHECK IT OUT. WE HAVE TOO MANY WOMEN HAVING BABIES AND THE FATHER NOT TAKING CARE OF THE CHILD. THIS SHOULD BE AGAINST THE LAW AND THE FATHER SHOULD BE MADE TO PAY, NOT THE STATE OF MISSISSIPPI. WHAT IS WRONG WITH THE POLITIANS OVER IN JACKSON?????. CUT OUT WELEFARE????? NOTHING IS FREE EXCEPT AIR AND WATER. THE STATE PROVIDES TOO MANY FREEBEES. THE LAW MAKERS NEED TO DO SOME STUDYING ABOUT THE FREE THINGS PROVIDED BY OUR STATE AND WHO GETS THE FREE THINGS. FREE RENT--FREE FOOD---FREE CARS---FREE MONEY TO BUY STUFF---FREE WATER BILLS FREE LIGHT BILLS. FREE MONEY TO HAVE BABIES. WAKE UP PEOPLE
  • by Lenny Location: MS on Feb 18, 2010 at 06:13 AM
    Why not? They tax the heck out of cigarettes because of health problems so why not soda? While they are at it, why not tax candy bars, salt, red meat, chips, etc. When will the madness end. WAKE UP!
  • by Cindy Location: Noxubee on Feb 17, 2010 at 09:52 PM
    That's like puttin special taxes on underwear.
  • by Robert T. Burkes Location: Philadelphia on Feb 17, 2010 at 06:47 PM
    Just right for our elected officals. First, they are gutless nitwads! a 2 cent per ounce tax so some drinks so they could say they are protecting us against US. What you want to bet if the lobiest was spending money on the "Good Old Boys" it would have pased! Hay, If i was born at night it wasn't last night! These people are so stupid they dont see we are really fed up with them! They pased a law that will require all of us to go see a doctor, pay his fee. go to a drug store pay for a Rx drug, just to get a cold or sinus medicine that should be, as has been sold over the counter! "Bet I see some merdical and drug company lobist here" I have a question, "WHY DONT THEY PASS A LAW WITH MEAT IN IT TO LOCK THE DRUG COOKERS UP FOR LIFE?" Nope, dont want to blame the crooks, just punish the honest people! Mr. Carmichal, Mr. Burton, Mr. Bounds, and all you other over paid, bought off political leaders, "LOOKING FORWARD TO SEE YOU VOTED OUT, AND YOU ARE TOO STUPID TO SEE IT COMMING!
  • by Phil Location: Meridian on Feb 17, 2010 at 02:05 PM
    tax soda and cant buy musinex, still taxed on groceries, its 2010 not 1910. wonder why this state seems to be last in good things and first in bad things, rednecks-r-us.
  • by DOYOUWANTTOTAXMYFIRSTBORNALSO Location: MERIDIAN on Feb 17, 2010 at 01:10 PM
    I TELL YOU IF I AM TAXED ANY MORE ON ANYTHING ELSE I WILL HAVE TO FILE BANKRUPTCY.
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