West Virginia's governor, Democratic billionaire Jim Justice, has proposed doubling the tax as part of his Better Health Initiative.
Governor Justice is is 6 feet 7 inches tall and weighs 378 pounds.
Besides his obesity, Justice also owes the state $4.4 million in back taxes.
He is the richest man in the state.
Justice would double the soft drinks tax. As diet sodas would be exempt, he is calling this a soda tax.
The $85 million soda tax is part of a $450 million tax increase the governor wants to impose on the second poorest people in the nation.
West Virginia already ranks No. 17 in state taxes per capita, and No. 49 in income.
Oh, and in his campaign last year, he promised not to raise taxes.
"To suggest that Justice lied his way into office would be quite the understatement," Paul Blair of Americans for Tax Reform said.
But calling Jim Justice a liar does not do him, well, justice.
It overlooks his world-class hypocrisy.
Here he is, the richest man in the state, not paying his taxes but willing to up the taxes of the people least able to pay taxes in America.
On top of that, he is a 378-pound man who wants to tax others to get them to lose weight.
In announcing his Better Health Initiative, the billionaire told reporters:
“Gosh knows, it would have been great if I’d drank a few cans less of sweet soda pop.”Yes, governor, it is the soda and gee, if you had to pay 12 cents a can more, you would cut back.
If we could tax our way to health, West Virginia already would be the healthiest state in the nation.
Looks like we are No. 43.
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