Calif. senator proposes sweetened drink tax

04/28/2013 | Monterey County Herald (Calif.), The

A state senator in California is proposing a 1-cent tax on sugary drinks, including soft drinks and sports drinks. Under the legislation, expected to be taken up by the Senate Health Committee on May 1, proceeds -- estimated at $2.7 billion annually -- would be directed to a newly established Children's Health Promotion Fund, aimed at combating childhood obesity. Those who oppose the bill say the tax would target low-income households and could lead to the loss of 18,000 industry jobs.

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