Wednesday, May 03, 2017

Unexpectedly, Oakland's soda tax money may be going... elsewhere - Hot Air Hot Air

Unexpectedly, Oakland's soda tax money may be going... elsewhere - Hot Air Hot Air:
"Last year, following in the footsteps of Berkeley, Philadelphia and other liberal bastions, the city of Oakland decided to save the citizens from themselves by passing a sin tax on soda and other “sugary beverages.” 
When the residents agreed to put it on the ballot in the spring it was being sold as a measure which would help “combat obesity” and fight the Big Soda Lobby. 
And the city’s politicians were quick to tell everyone how badly this revenue stream was needed while being far less specific about how the money they collected would be handled. (SF Gate, emphasis added)
Like Berkeley, [Oakland Vice Mayor Annie Campbell Washington] said, Oakland needs a dedicated revenue stream to combat the big-money marketing of soda and sports drinks.
If voters approve the tax, the money raised would go into the city’s general fund, and officials said the idea is to earmark it to pay for health and education programs in the community and in schools. The measure requires the city to create an advisory board to recommend how to spend the money.
You’ll note that the city’s leaders didn’t actually have a direct allocation of the funding set up, so it was going to go into the general fund
Image result for government liesBut no worries, mate. 
I’m sure they can be trusted.
The measure passed in November with the tax going into effect shortly thereafter. 
So problem solved, eh? 
I’m sure people are losing weight and living healthier lifestyles all over the place already, thanks to the dollars being hijacked out of shoppers’ wallets when they go to buy groceries.
Or perhaps not. 
Keep in mind that this was all taking place at the end of last year. 
It’s only a few months later now and there’s about to be some editing done as to where that soda tax money goes. 
Who could have guessed? (CBS Local News)
Mayor Libby Schaaf says Oakland is facing a $32 million budget shortfall. She wants to help fill the gap by diverting $6 million of soda tax.
Many people are upset because city leaders promised voters the money would be used for health programs.
“It’s a bait and switch by the mayor,” says resident Louis Nagel.

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