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Conservatively Speaking

State Senator Mary Lazich (R-New Berlin) represents parts of four counties: Milwaukee, Waukesha, Racine, and Walworth. Her Senate District 28 includes New Berlin, Franklin, Greendale, Hales Corners, Muskego, Waterford, Big Bend, the town of Vernon and parts of Greenfield, East Troy, and Mukwonago. Senator Lazich has been in the Legislature for more than a decade. She considers herself a tireless crusader for lower taxes, reduced spending and smaller government.

Will a soda tax sweep the nation?

Taxes


Following approval of a soda tax in Washington State during April 2010, it appeared the new sin tax would sprout up in other states. Washington followed in the footsteps of Maine and Colorado that passed similar tax increases.

However, the pendulum is swinging. Taking full note, the beverage industry decided to fight back, and successfully killed soda tax proposals in Mississippi, New Mexico, and New York State.  The Washington State tax could be repealed with enough valid signatures turned in to force a November ballot initiative.

Stateline.org reports, “In every state where a soda-tax plan has been proposed, it’s been met with a heavily-funded campaign from the beverage lobby to oppose any type of increase. The tactics are unique to each state, but the message is usually the same: Don’t lay the blame for obesity solely on soda.”

Read more here.

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