Late last month Thomas Suozzi, county executive for Nassau County on Long Island, N.Y., put a fast-food tax proposal on the legislative menu in hopes of fattening up his county’s thinning coffers.The proposed tax, part of Suozzi’s “Healthy Nassau” initiative, encourages residents to eat more healthfully. But if the measure were passed, what it really would do is impose a 2-percent tithe on the cost of, say, any item sold at quick-service restaurants in the county.This 2-percent tax would be ...

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