Lawmakers: Tax the Parents of Obese Kids

From Illinois, a lawmaker is suggesting a new tax in the interest of balancing that state’s budget. Tax the parents of fat kids.

Here’s how it works, if your child is ruled obese you lose the ability to claim a tax deduction for that kid.

The proposals don’t stop there, here’s more from the article:

“With one in five Illinois children classified as obese and 62 percent of the state’s adults considered overweight, health advocates are pushing a platter of diet solutions including trans fat bans and restricting junk food purchases on food stamps.

Today, the Senate Public Health Committee considered taxing sugary beverages at a penny-per-ounce, in effect applying the same theory to soda, juices and energy drinks that governs to liquor sales. Health advocates say a sin tax could discourage consumption, but lawmakers are reluctant to target an industry supports the jobs of more than 40,000 Illinoisans.

“It seems like we just, we go after the low-hanging fruit, where its easy to get,” said state Sen. Dave Syverson, R-Rockford. He said the state needs to form a comprehensive plan to address physical fitness and disease prevention, rather than taking aim at sugary drinks.

Studies attributing the weight gain to liquid sources have made the beverages the latest target in the war on fat. Last year, 23 states proposed tax plans similar to the one presented by state Sen. William Delgado, D-Chicago, but opponents flushed them down the drain.

“We don’t discount and we don’t dispute the health factor,” said Tim Bramlet, executive director of the Illinois Beverage Association. “We just think the beverage tax is actually the wrong way to go, and won’t help the problem.”

Soft drink taxes/regulations…maybe. But taxing the PARENTS OF FAT KIDS?? Really? What do you think?

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Here’s a link to the full article