Protesters: Obesity tax on drinks in bad taste

Protesters gathered in Hauppauge Thursday to send Gov. David Paterson a message: A proposed obesity tax on non-diet soda and juice beverages will be hard to swallow.

"We cannot pass tax laws that will cause people to lose their jobs, it makes no sense," says state Sen. Brian Foley (D-Blue Point), who joined the protest.

Paterson says the tax could generate about $400 million a year and would help fight childhood obesity, but some Long Islanders aren't buying it.

"I think it's foolish ? it's not going to generate that much tax revenue," says Robert Arelt, of Commack. "I think we're just trying to tax ourselves to death here."

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