Fast Food Tax Solution to U.S. Obesity?
Fast food Tax - People Behaving Badly
As a rule, governments should not seek quick and temporary fixes to structural budget problems. Sin taxes like the fast food tax are quick fixes that would have serious economic and moral consequences. Government leaders really ought to address their own appetite for spending tax dollars before they try to regulate the appetites of their constituents.
Fast Food Tax - The Queensland Telegraph
Sin taxes have a long and checkered American history, with the most common sin taxes on liquor and cigarettes. But recently, other kinds of sin taxes have received attention, since so many governments at all levels are facing fiscal constraints. Some have suggested extra taxes on bars and strip clubs. This fast food tax promises to be much more far-reaching, however, as the National Restaurant Association estimates that domestic quickservice sales reached over $140 billion in 2004.
As politicians look for new ways to prop up their sagging budgets, Detroit mayor Kwame Kilpatrick is the latest political figure to float the idea of a “fast food tax.” If his effort is successful, Detroit would become the first city in the nation to pass an extra tax on quickservice food. Regarding soda/fast food taxes, I think they could be implemented, along with a robust public outreach campaign from the DC Department of Health about the health hazards of fast food and sugary soft drinks. Ostensibly low-income households can still make rational decisions, provided the District supplies all the facts.