DC doesn’t need more taxes

The Washington Post, January 24th, 2020. The last thing the District needs is a new tax that makes it more expensive to live here. Those of us working paycheck to paycheck can’t afford more taxes. Taxing some juices, teas, sodas and sports drinks would lead to higher grocery bills that many of us can’t afford. The District has a lot of extra money to fund programs, so why are we talking about raising taxes and making it harder on working people? Read More

D.C.’s proposed soda tax sounds sweeter than it is

The Washington Post, November 1st It’s hard to overstate the abject failure of soda taxes to deliver on their promised benefits. Nowhere in the world, let alone the United States, have soda taxes reduced obesity. Read More

A D.C. soda tax is empty-calorie legislating

The Washington Post Op-Ed, October 15th The recent public-relations stunt orchestrated by D.C. Council members Brianne K. Nadeau (D-Ward 1) and Trayon White Sr. (D-Ward 8) had all the elements of grand theater: a prominent setting at the John A. Wilson Building, a catchy theme song, a stunning visual in 30 jugs of multicolored drinks and even a hashtag to display the serious nature of the legislation about to be introduced. But in reality, it was more a celebration of failure than success. Read More

The District may approve one of the nation’s highest taxes on sugary drinks

The Washington Post, October 7th This could lead to a lot of loss of sales at retailers inside of D.C. and could hinder D.C.’s ability to raise tax revenues if a lot of customers are avoiding the tax that way,” said Anna Tuchman, a marketing professor at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University who studied the Philadelphia tax. Read More