I have an awful confession to make. This is something that I have been hiding from my friends and family for years now. I feel terribly guilty about this problem and I don’t know what to do about it:
I DRINK WHOLE MILK.
Yes, isn’t it terrible. I am such a bad person to indulge in such debauchery. The ultimate happiness and good fortune of drinking low fat 2% milk will never be known to whole milk addicts like me. Traditionally whole milk was always readily available in my home and school. My body pays the price. I am obese at 126lbs and 5′ 5″. My school is the one to blame for this and now that I am older, it may take some sort of ritual exorcism to get the whole milk demon out of my body. Thankfully, the great state of California has laws in place that will not allow this to happen to anyone.
Assembly approves bill regulating food at child-care centersThe measure sets minimum standards for food served at licensed facilities and is meant to combat obesity. It now heads to the state Senate.By Mary MacVean
June 8, 2009The Assembly has passed a bill to set minimum standards for food in licensed child-care centers, requiring a vegetable to be part of lunch and supper and forbidding whole milk for children 2 or older.
The food children eat in kindergarten through 12th grade in public school is regulated for fat and salt content, among other things. But for many preschool children, there have been no such dietary rules.
“California enjoys a worldwide reputation for its sunny, healthy lifestyle,” said the bill’s author, Assemblywoman Julia Brownley (D-Santa Monica). “Childhood obesity rates threaten to steal this enviable position.”
The bill, which passed the Assembly on Wednesday by a 48-27 vote, now heads to the Senate.
If it becomes law, AB 627 would require low-fat or skim milk to be served to children 2 years old and older. It would limit sugar in cereals and eliminate deep frying and sweetened drinks. It also would establish an 18-month pilot project to evaluate stronger nutrition and physical activities standards.
Oh my, I don’t want to be obese. Perhaps I will cut milk out of my diet completely. Sorry, but I just don’t like the taste of skim milk. Recently, I have been making a conscious effort to drink more water. Bottled water is portable and very convenient for on the go PUMAs like myself. I purchase about four cases of ICE MOUNTAIN water a week. On Sunday I just happened to look at my grocery receipt and noticed that I am taxed $1.50. per case of water purchased. Anger came over me and I felt the sudden urge to return the water. The thing is I have truly noticed improvements in my health and complexion since I have started adding more fluids to my diet. I went to the City of Chicago.org to look up the details.
City of Chicago Bottled Water Tax
Municipal Code Reference: 3-43
CAPS Code Reference: 1002920051904
Tax Return Form Code: Form 1904
Form 1904IN (for individuals)
Procedure: The Bottled Water Tax applies to the retail sale of bottled water in the City at a rate of $0.05 per bottle of water.
Tax Base: $0.05 for each bottle of water sold at retail
Exemptions, Deductions and Credits: The Bottled Water Tax does not apply to sales of bottled water to passengers on an interstate carrier.
Please see the Bottled Water Food Stamp Purchase Guide below for food stamp and link card sales.
$0.05 a bottle. @ 24 bottles = $1.20 per case. Hmmm if I drink 4 cases a month that is $4.80 month I am paying to the city of Chicago. As I researched this further on the, I learned that the Chicago City Council originally wanted the tax to be $0.25 per bottle
August 14, 2007
Chicago Alderman Seeking Bottled Water Tax
by Gerald Prante
A Chicago alderman has come to the conclusion that bottled water imposes negative costs on society and must be taxed. Oh, and he needs to fill a budget hole. From CBS 2 Chicago:
Cooling off with bottled water could soon cost you more within the Chicago city limits if one alderman has his way.
As CBS 2’s Kristyn Hartman reports, Ald. George Cardenas (D-12th ward) wants to slap a tax of up to 25 cents on the cost of every bottle to help close a $217 million budget gap.
“People enjoy jogging or driving with a bottle of water. There’s a cost associated with this behavior. You have to pay for it,” said Cardenas, one of Mayor Richard M. Daley’s staunchest City Council supporters.
Cardenas noted that there’s a nearly $40 million shortfall in the city’s water and sewer funds, in part because of a decline in water usage.
“How is this possible when we have a water system that’s won honors? It’s because bottled water has become a $15 billion industry that’s growing at a rate of 20 to 30 percent a year,” he said.
Cardenas also said a bottled water tax would help the environment by dissuading people from buying the plastic bottles that end up in landfills.
The only legitimate argument Cardenas has is that bottled water may have an adverse effect on the environment. Merely because the city has a budget gap does not mean that he should arbitrarily pick something to tax to fill that gap. Such policies are totalitarian in nature and are not consistent with living in a free society.
Now comes the part where I learned that by drinking bottled water, I was committing an “Eco-Sin” . Yes I am a sinner and I should repent by paying more taxes. The Daily Green explained this to me quite nicely. In 2007 they ran an article on the Chicago bottled water tax:
December 24, 2007
An Eco-Sin Tax on Bottled Water
Chicago and the 7 Sins of Bottled Water
State, federal and international industry groups are suing Chicago in an effort to block its new 5-cent tax on each bottle of water, the Chicago Tribune reports today. The eco-sin tax, and the broad international outcry it has engendered, could become familiar, as public sentiment turns against bottled water.
Chicago is the first major U.S. city to tax bottled water, according to the Chicago Tribune, but it isn’t likely to be the last. Other cities have banned or limited the sales of bottled water, but if there’s a way to capitalize on fashionable resentment of the waste embodied by the ubiquitous water bottle, you can bet more will opt for the Chicago solution.
Sin taxes are familiar, when it comes to the likes of alcohol and cigarettes, which cost individual’s health and society health care expenses. Water doesn’t fit that mold, except for that bottle it’s packaged in. In a country that produces the cleanest water to the tap in the world, packaging, shipping and consuming water in tiny plastic bottles is an environmental sin.
At first, Chicago was the only place imposing this eco-sin tax and raising sales tax, now others are following suit. Chicago has the highest sales tax in the nation at 10.25%. Last week, the Arizona Republic reported that Arizona will soon raise sales tax, possibly making Phoenix among the top ten cities with skyrocketing sales tax rates:
Arizona sales tax could be 8th-highest
By Ronald J. Hansen – Jun. 6, 2009
The Arizona Republic
California and Nevada have already swallowed a sales-tax hike. Florida is looking at charging a sales tax on bottled water, and Kentucky soon will begin taxing cellphone ring tones.
Arizona is not alone in considering raising its sales tax during a deep recession that continues to sap jobs and revenue from state coffers.
But if the Legislature or voters were to adopt Gov. Jan Brewer’s proposal to raise the 5.6 percent state sales tax by 1 percentage point for three years, the state would vault up the scale of sales-tax rates: An Arizona Republic analysis found that the proposed increase would push Arizona from the middle of the nation to eighth-highest, assuming other states don’t follow suit…
Brewer’s plan faces stiff resistance from her fellow Republicans and has led to a stalemate on Arizona’s 2010 budget. Many GOP members view any tax hike as disastrous during a recession.
On Thursday, Republicans in the Legislature passed a budget plan that leaves the sales tax as it is and relies on program cuts and maneuvers such as raiding fund balances and the sale and leaseback of state property. State Democrats favor cutting the sales-tax rate to 3.4 percent but expanding the services subject to the tax.
If necessary, Brewer would like voters to settle the sales-tax matter, although any vote wouldn’t occur for months.
Tax on cell phone ring tones? WTF? Whole milk will most likely soon be taxed. The Obamas have nothing to worry about since they only eat arugula, Kobe beef steaks, lobster and drink champagne. During the 2008 presidential campaign there was a rumor that Michelle Obama indulged in a very expensive lunch at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel. The receipt (pictured) was said to be a forgery but at least for my purposes the New York sales are unfortunately true.
Autographed Letter Signed,