The United States is home to some of the highest sugar prices of any major market in the world, because of Depression-era policies preserved by large political donations by sugar producers.
Reforming the federal sugar program is a top priority for NCA and our member companies. The program costs consumers millions of dollars and has a negative impact on candy companies that provide 55,000 good-paying jobs, not to mention the hundreds of thousands of additional workers who rely in part on the sale of chocolate, candy, gum and mints for their livelihood.
I would like to thank U.S. Representative Joe Pitts (R-PA) and former Rep. David McIntosh – who is now the president of the Club for Growth – for their recent joint op-ed which first appeared in the Wall Street Journal that shines a light on this outdated program. They recognize that government handouts and restrictions on a free market economy are not the right solution for our great country.
Maintaining the status quo on America’s sugar policy is unsustainable and unacceptable. Congress should take any opportunity to reform the costly sugar subsidy program, because it is propping up the sugar-producing industry at the expense of taxpayers, consumers and businesses.