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.
â€œA six-pack of soda is going to cost you approximately $4.99â€ if the penny-an-ounce tax goes through, Mr. Eusebio said, â€œwhere you can pick up beer from $2.99 to $3.99.â€
Off to the neighborhood supermarket, where it turned out that Mr. Eusebioâ€™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.