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Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Marron Presents Should Governments Tax Unhealthy Foods And Drinks? Today At Penn

MarronDonald Marron (Urban Institute) presents Should Governments Tax Unhealthy Foods and Drinks? (with Maeve Gearing (Tax Policy Center) & John Iselin (Tax Policy Center)) at Pennsylvania today as part of its Center for Tax Law and Policy Seminar Series hosted by Chris Sanchirico and Reed Shuldiner:

What we eat and drink can cause obesity, diabetes, hypertension, and other conditions. In response, many governments have enacted or are considering taxes on unhealthy food and drinks. This report evaluates the rationale behind such taxes; reviews evidence on their effects; analyzes different ways of structuring them; draws lessons from taxes on tobacco, alcohol, and carbon emissions; and offers a framework for assessing their benefits and costs. Taxing can influence what people eat and drink, but it is not a silver bullet. Governments must balance potential health gains against taxes’ limits and costs.

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Comments

Pop Tarts are a healthy food. They have some vitamins. Cheetos Red Hots may have some fiber. What would happen if Coke added a vitamin to its secret formula? McDonalds fries hare healthy. They are potatoes, a vegetable. Can you imagine Congress debating whether a certain food is "healthy?" A guy like Blagojevich would take campaign contributions from a candy company to obtain a HEALTHY designation...Complete chaos....

Posted by: Captain Hruska Carswell, Continuance King | Feb 10, 2016 12:28:09 PM

We don't hire nannies to tell us how many children to have. Enough with the social engineering from our government.

Posted by: ruralcounsel | Feb 11, 2016 7:27:22 AM