Neb. doctor wants soda subsidy ended to fund wellness program

Wellness programs in Nebraska schools have reduced the number of obese children, so Dr. Bob Rauner, chairman of the Nebraska Medical Association Public Health Committee, wants to end the state's sales tax exemption on soda to raise $11 million to pay for a statewide obesity program. Lincoln Sen. Bill Avery said he will introduce a bill to do that because tax exemptions for soda are indefensible as they have no nutritional value and do not belong in the same category as food.

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