Soda More Expensive than Beer

It will be cheaper to have a cold beer than a cold soda if New York’s governor has his way. It may not be a good beer, but beer nonetheless.

“A six-pack of soda is going to cost you approximately $4.99” if the penny-an-ounce tax goes through, Mr. Eusebio said, “where you can pick up beer from $2.99 to $3.99.”

Off to the neighborhood supermarket, where it turned out that Mr. Eusebio’s math was not far off. With the tax, a six-pack of Coca-Cola or Pepsi would cost 2 cents more than a six-pack of the cheapest beer in the store.

It’s a crusade for cash to bridge the gap due to too much spending, and it’s been framed as a health initiative to tax people away from unhealthy beverages. It’s unclear what the next taxes on beer will be when there’s a upward spike in alcoholism.

4 Responses to “Soda More Expensive than Beer”

  1. JamesLee says:

    “oh no, honey, I would really rather have a soda than beer tonight, but with the budget and the bills, well….”

  2. And someone will, undoubtedly use that price gap to justify raising taxes on beer.

  3. emdfl says:

    Wonderful idea. Now the cigarette smugglers will be able to fill in the left over space in their cigarettes smuggling semis with cases of coke.

  4. JimB says:

    Obesity continues to be a problem in NY mostly due to “illegal soda” being brougt in from states that don’t have our “common sense” soda taxes on the books.


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