Albany (May 31, 2012) – New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg should stop fussing over whether adults are making healthy personal choices and worry more about whether high taxes, suffocating regulations and now a ban on sugary drinks are taking the economic appeal and the fun out of the Big Apple, said the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) today.
“Enough is enough,” said Mike Durant, NFIB State Director. “He’s governing the city like a medieval king, claiming authority over personal choices and private activities in which the Mayor has no business interfering.”
Bloomberg this week announced a ban on large sugary drinks, which he identified as a culprit in America’s obesity epidemic. In January he tried to limit alcohol sales because he determined that New Yorkers were drinking too much. Before that he outlawed smoking in public and the use of trans-fats by restaurants.
“The Mayor is using public health to rationalize a ban on all the things that are out of fashion with the moralizing busybodies in politics and the media,” said Durant. “One day he’ll turn his attention to their lifestyles and habits and they won’t be cheering so loudly.”
Durant said that small retailers and restaurants are hurt by all of the Bloomberg bans because they snuff out the sales that keep them afloat.
“There are a lot of small businesses in New York City for which soft drink sales account for a considerable percentage of their revenue,” said Durant. “They can try to make it up with another product, but there’s no way to know whether Mayor Bloomberg will ban that next.”
Bloomberg’s bans, said Durant, are not only costly for small businesses and inconvenient for their customers, but they make the business climate in New York unpredictable.
“Every time the Mayor unilaterally bans a legal product that people want, he validates the city’s image as a place that is hostile to free enterprise,” said Durant. “It drives up prices. It creates an inconvenience for consumers, it scares away businesses and it insults New Yorkers who are perfectly able to live their lives unsupervised by Mayor Bloomberg.”
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