Soda Tax Gets One Last Push by Gov. David Paterson
By Ben Fractenberg
MANHATTAN — Gov. David Paterson is making one last push for his soda tax plan in the state budget.
Paterson will reportedly reintroduce the plan during a special legislative session on Wednesday to try and push through the state budget, which was due April 1, the Daily News reported Monday.
"It's time that these bills got to the floor and were voted up or down," secretary to the governor Larry Schwartz told the News.
Officials have said the soda tax could generate an estimated $815 million a year through putting a penny-per-ounce tax on sugared beverages.
Other items the governor is reportedly advocating in the budget for include a cap on property taxes, allowing public universities being able to set their own tuition and letting grocery stores sell wine.