Feds “Stimulate” Soda Taxes
Reason TV’s Nanny of the Month Award for August goes to Kathleen Sebelius, secretary of the US Health and Human Services Department. Sebelius won because her department used Stimulus and Obamacare funds to back campaigns imposing local soda taxes and enacting tougher zoning rules for fast-food restaurants. Besides violating the job-creating intent of the Stimulus program, the department’s Office of Inspector General is now investigating whether these campaigns violated federal anti-lobbying provisions.
Reason TV also named two runners-up for the August Nanny of the Month Award:
- The State of Nevada, which can levy a fine of up to $2,000 if you teach someone how to apply makeup without the necessary certification.
- And the City of Phoenix, where a code enforcer threatened a woman for handing out free water, without a license, on a day when the temperatures hit 112 degrees.