Have you heard we're in a recession? Well, we are, and with declining revenue in most states, the government is coming up with ways to avoid huge cuts to programs important to everyone, like schools, social services, police and firefighters. The governor of Washington, Christine Gregoire, came out with her plan yesterday, and it includes taxes on:
*Bottled water (1 cent per ounce)
*Soda (5 cents per 12-oz can)
It is estimated that these taxes would raise at least $600 million! Wow! I'm all for it, considering I don't drink bottled water, I rarely eat candy or drink soda, and I don't smoke! It's not like any of these things are essentials - people can live without junk food. And I feel that if it's harder to buy things that are bad for you, maybe we'd have a healthier population and wouldn't spend so much money on health care. That said, should the government implement a "vice" tax? Is it discriminatory?
What are your thoughts? Should we have to pay more for things we enjoy that aren't necessarily healthy? Should the government tax vices?