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

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

I'm not saying restaurants are going out of business because of the soda tax. I'm saying it cuts into my profits.

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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

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