After I wrote a column supporting New York's latest effort to tax sugary drinks, I read RaceWire's column on how it's just another tax to hurt poor people. While, yes, sales taxes are regressive, decrying this tax as a social justice issue misses the point.
It's always amusing when conservatives try to portray increasing government revenue as fiscally irresponsible. But the ridiculousness reached its height in Carly Fiorina's Demon Sheep ad against her Senate opponent Tom Campbell, which portrayed his past support of tax increases to balance California's budget as such.
But of course, when lawmakers are actually faced with the real consequences of governing, tax increases are an important tool for maintaining important things, like schools. That's the choice facing Illinois lawmakers, who are considering Gov. Patrick Quinn's budget, which raises income taxes by 1 percentage point, from 3 percent to 4 percent.
There's one thing on which nearly everyone can agree: The overconsumption of soda and sugar-sweetened drinks is harmful to our health, especially for kids. That's why New York state's budget measure to tax those drinks is a win for public health.
Connecticut might be closer to passing a bill that would require employers to provide paid sick leave, an effort that is similar to a bill proposed in the fall by Connecticut Sen. Christopher Dodd. But the Senate is tied up with bigger bills.
States may soon adopt national core standards for education that were designed by state governors and state school leaders, TheWashington Postreports. It's part of President Obama's efforts to improve academics across the country.