December 15, 2008
Governor wants $404 million obesity tax on non-diet soda
New York - New taxes, deep cuts to education and health care, and a restructuring of the state's economic development programs will be hallmarks of Gov. David Paterson's first budget plan to be released in two days, according to interviews of people briefed on components. The plan will come with a host of revenue raisers increased taxes on hospitals and insurance policies, for instance and at least one new assessment, a so-called obesity tax on non-diet soda to raise $404 million.
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