Newsom’s soda fee draws the ire of national consumer group

A national consumer group is popping off about Mayor Gavin Newsom’s proposal to charge retailers for selling soda.

Newsom has proposed the fee, as a way to help curb sugary foods that lead to obesity in San Francisco residents.

The idea has not settled well with the Center for Consumer Freedom, a national nonprofit with a history of fighting against similar proposals.

The group issued a statement against the mayor’s soda fee, saying, “taxing soda pop is another paternalistic policy idea, which holds that politicians and government regulators – rather than individual citizens – should decide every aspect of what, where and when we eat.”

Newsom isn’t the Center’s first target. In the past, the group has attacked PETA, MADD, and the Humane Society of the United States.

 

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