Arkansas Soda Tax

Arkansas Soda Tax

The Arkansas soda tax of 1992 levied a two cents per 12oz of soda excise tax, with all the proceeds going towards the state Medicaid fund. It is still in place today.

Cry Wolf Quotes

[Back Yard Burgers] knew about the [Arkansas soda] tax when it made the move, but it wasn't much of a concern. "It really didn't enter into it at all," King says.

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Stephen J. King, Back Yard Burgers' chief financial officer
01/20/1997 | Full Details | Law(s): Arkansas Soda Tax

People on the other side of the issue, I understand where they're coming from. They want their product funded. But my industry is paying the tax to some degree. That's the bottom line. Admittedly, some of the tax is passed on, but my restaurant and food service operators are paying some of this tax out of their own pocket.

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Wayne Dyer, executive director of the Arkansas Hospitality Association. Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.
01/26/1997 | Full Details | Law(s): Arkansas Soda Tax

Citizens against Unfair Taxes, or CUT, has held protests in several Northeast Arkansas stores during the past two weeks, handing out literature that says the tax would go into the ‘black hole of government spending.’

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Arkansas Democrat-Gazette from “Opposition for Lawmakers Possible, Soda-Tax Foes Say”.
02/16/1994 | Full Details | Law(s): Arkansas Soda Tax

The tax took away our ability to accumulate funds to replace assets. We were strapped for cash flow.

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Tommy Lawrence, former president of Coca-Cola of Northeast Arkansas. Arkansas Business.
01/03/1994 | Full Details | Law(s): Arkansas Soda Tax