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Santa Fe archdiocese backs tax on soft drinks

April 21, 2017

The Archdiocese of Santa Fe, New Mexcio, has given its approval to a legislative proposal that would place a tax on soft drinks, with the proceeds to be used for early-childhood education.

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“The soda tax is a good attempt to address the dire conditions in which our children are living,” the archdiocese announced in a public statement. The proposal would place a 2¢-per-ounce tax on sugared beverages, aiming to raise $7 million a year for educational programs.


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  • Posted by: [email protected] - Apr. 22, 2017 11:48 PM ET USA

    How excitingly stupid. Our bishops now have nothing better to do but comment on a sugar tax on drinks regardless of purpose. Are they running for office! Given the Church issues believe they should focus all their time on repairing the Church divisions on all levels.

  • Posted by: Randal Mandock - Apr. 22, 2017 12:18 PM ET USA

    I would next like to see "sin" taxes placed on real evils: corrupt politicians, local ordinances contrary to the U.S. Constitution, government interference in the charitable life of the Church, school systems that promote "sex education," among others. As long as these "sin" taxes are "for the children," who could stand in opposition to them?

  • Posted by: garedawg - Apr. 22, 2017 11:02 AM ET USA

    Perhaps the Vatican will soon issue a statement on carbonated beverages.

  • Posted by: Archpriest - Apr. 21, 2017 8:03 PM ET USA

    This is more "political" nonsense that many of our present mitered leadership, feeling it is necessary to weigh in on every issue from the sublime to the ridiculous, have become prone to. Attendance is down, baptisms are down, ordinations are down, Catholics leaving the Church or considering it irrelevant. Our hierarchs are alienating themselves from the very people whom they are supposed to be shepherding. "He who speaks of everything is soon heard by no one." Proclaim the Faith! But Soda tax?