Governor Paterson's proposal to levy a penny-per-ounce tax on sugary soft drinks has been kicked to the curb repeatedly by lawmakers for more than a year, but the governor just won't take no for an answer. He's put it on the agenda for a special legislative session planned for Wednesday to deal with the 16-weeks-late budget. The soda tax would raise an estimated $815 million a year for the state, but the beverage industry has successfully lobbied against it thus far. Paterson is also pushing a 4% property tax cap and a proposal to sell wine in grocery stores. Larry Schwartz, secretary to the governor, tells the News, "It's time that these bills got to the floor and were voted up or down."
Soda Tax May Have Another (Another) Chance in Albany
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