After applying jumper cables yesterday to his perpetually pop-blocked plan to levy a penny-per-ounce excise tax on sugary beverages, Governor Paterson's soda tax proposal may already be fizzling out. Paterson had hoped his latest compromise—which would except diet soda and beverages from the tax—would win over beverage industry execs and the legislators riding in their pockets. But a spokesman for Senate Democrats told the Daily News, "While we applaud the effort to reduce health risks, we want to provide New York families with tax relief, not add to their burden." Fun facts: The budget is now 51 days late. The state's got a $9.2 billion budget gap. A soda tax would raise an estimated $815 million. If you wash down Pop Rocks with Pepsi you will explode.