California, of All Places, Has Banned Soda Taxes. How a New Industry Strategy Is Succeeding

New York Times

June 27, 2018
in Preemption

For years, the soda industry had an ironclad strategy when a city wanted to enact a soda tax: spend a lot of money, rally local businesses, and shoot it down. That strategy worked again and again, until it didn’t. In 2014, Berkeley, Calif., passed the nation’s first tax on sugary drinks, which have been linked to heart disease, obesity and tooth decay. Since then, eight communities, including three more cities in California, enacted similar bills. Now the beverage industry has a new approach. Instead of fighting the ordinances city by city, it is turning to states, trying to pass laws preventing any local governments from taxing their products.

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