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A "healthy" tax has been on the menu This is not a novel idea: * In 2008, New York sought a tax on soft drinks, following similar attempts by governments in Arkansas, California, Tennessee, and West Virginia around the same time. * In 2008, Alabama passed a policy for state employees, effective in 2010, that gives workers a $25 monthly discount after visiting their doctor annually. * In 2007, a bill was proposed in Mississippi in which restaurants would be barred from serving obese customers. * In 2002, Arkansas Act 1220 provisioned for students in all grades to have their body mass index recorded in their student records; parents are forwarded the results. [...] the "obesity tax" sheds light on a choice we probably don't think too much about.
Taxing Our Way to Thinness: Patriotic Problem or All-American Solution? Kyle Fluegge Phi Kappa Phi Forum; Summer 2009; 89, 2; Docstoc pg. 28 Reproduced with permission of the copyright owner. Further reproduction prohibited without permission.
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