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Soda Tax Measure Passes First Committee

Aired 4/24/13 on KPBS News.

A California measure that would tax sugary drinks a penny per fluid ounce passed its first committee test today.

A California measure that would tax sugary drinks a penny per fluid ounce passed its first committee test Wednesday.

A bill that would tax soda is making its way through the legislature.

The bill’s author said sodas, energy drinks and sweet teas are a huge culprit in alarming obesity trends and skyrocketing diabetes rates.

Supporters said the tax would raise more than a billion dollars in the first year. Funds would go toward a children’s health promotion fund.

The California Restaurant Association is opposed to the bill. It said it’s unfair to burden working families with more food costs.

The bill will next be heard by the Senate Health committee on May 1.

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mohammad ashori | April 26, 2013 at 11:28 a.m. ― 1 year, 5 months ago

I don't think the sodas or other sugary drinks are to blame. By taxing it in a way we are taking blame away from the consumers. I understand that it's hard to undo incorrect parental intervention during formative years but truly we are punishing the soda manufacturers and the families that still will purchase these items.
Perhaps we should consider taxing those with body mass indices above 30. Would that not be encouraging?

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