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

We're funding a program that has a lot of merit. But if it's so important, then everyone should be taxed, not just us.

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Wayne Dyer, executive director of the Arkansas Hospitality Association. Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.
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

We just feel that it is really an unnecessary tax. There may have been some problems in Medicaid, but we point to the large amounts of fraud.

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Jonathan Askins, the press secretary for Citizens Against Unfair Taxes (CAUT). Arkansas Business.
01/03/1994 | 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