New Jersey lawmakers are considering levying a “sin” tax on fast food (on top of existing food taxes) to raise addition revenue for programs not sponsored in the current budget. Unlike the rest of us, who have learned to say “no” in order to stay in budget, politicians have simply learned to say “tax” when living beyond their means. And this time they’ve got their eye on our dinner plates.
That’s exactly what we told the Associated Press on Tuesday. A CCF spokeman explained that no state or municipality has enacted such a tax, and a period of economic strain is no time to start: “Now is the last time anyone should be promoting such a regressive tax that targets some of the lowest income groups.”