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Soda Taxes lose, even in blue states

Posted by on Mar 13, 2013 in Blog |

The following article appeared in the Orange County Register March 12, 2013, authored by Bob Achermann, Executive Director of the California/Nevada Soft Drink Association. Soda taxes lose, even in blue states Obesity is considered a more serious health issue than smoking and tobacco use. It’s consiered more serious than heart disease, HIV/AIDS, alcohol and drug abuse or mental illness. The only health issue considered more serious than obesity is cancer, according to a recent nationwide...

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Solutions Are More Than Another New Tax

Posted by on Feb 26, 2013 in Blog |

Don’t mess with Texas.  As Texans we take our land and the quality of that land seriously.  We don’t want our views of the bluebonnet-covered hills interrupted by littered bags, bottles and other garbage.  Litter is a problem, however, the recurring bottle tax solution is not the answer. Bottle tax laws attempt to be the catchall solution of the litter problem, however, bottle tax laws are generally outdated, costly, inefficient and counterproductive. Additionally, bottle tax programs in...

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SNAP Restrictions: A misguided and ineffective effort

Posted by on Feb 18, 2013 in Blog |

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or SNAP — what you may know as “food stamps” — provides much-needed assistance to low-income Texans and their families. Recently, two bills have been filed at the Texas Legislature that seek to restrict what SNAP recipients can buy with that assistance. House Bill 751, by Rep. Richard Peña Raymond (D-Laredo), would  ban the purchase of  “sweetened beverages with SNAP benefits. Another bill, HB 523 by Rep. Terry Canales (D-Edinburg),...

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Soda tax bills: Not a healthy choice for Texas

Posted by on Feb 15, 2013 in Blog |

Every so often, we see proposals to “help people make healthier choices” by charging higher taxes on soda. This session of the Texas Legislature is no exception; two bills filed by Rep. Joe Farias (D-San Antonio), HB 735 and HB 779, would impose taxes on regular beverages. In HB 735, the proposed tax is 5 cents per 12 ounces; in HB 779, it’s a penny per ounce. In both bills, retailers and wholesalers would be required to obtain a new permit to sell regular beverages, and the taxes...

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Statement In Response to Proposed Soda Tax

Posted by on Feb 8, 2013 in Blog |

In response to the recent Soda Tax Bill proposed by Rep. Farias (D- San Antonio), the Texas Beverage Association has released this official statement: “Representative Farias’ proposed tax on hundreds of soft drinks would directly hurt Texas restaurants, movie theaters, and supermarkets in the state. Texas is a role model throughout America for lower taxes and reasonable regulation can spuring economic growth. Over the past several years, approximately 30 states and cities across the country...

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Welcome

Posted by on Jan 14, 2013 in Blog |

Welcome to the Texas Beverage Association blog. Check back later for an update.

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