Ohio Soda Tax
In 1992 Ohio’s Republican Governor, George V. Voinovich, worked a $62 million soda tax through the state legislature as part of a budget-balancing effort. One cent was taxed for every twelve-ounces of soda, with distributors paying the upfront price, and passing on a projected $42 a year to the average Ohioan.
In 1994 the soda industry managed to get a repeal initiative on the ballot, thus turning the tax into a hotly contested election year issue. It was repealed.
Cry Wolf Quotes
Obviously for us as an industry, it causes undue harm.
Why should we be singled out more than any other product? It's totally unfair. This industry more than pays its share of taxes and understands its obligation to do that, but these special taxes are another matter.
This is a huge, huge loophole. If they could raise one (food tax), they could raise another one.