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California Lawmaker Wants Statewide Tax On Sugary Drinks

California Lawmaker Wants Statewide Tax On Sugary Drinks

In response to what he calls an “aggressive campaign soda manufacturers are waging for a particular demographic,” California Assemblymember Bill Monning recently introduced a measure that would use tax revenue from the sale of such beverages to fund critical childhood obesity programs.

Assemblymember Monning addressed the correlation between rising sugary beverage consumption and the costly childhood obesity epidemic in California. Currently, programs designed to counteract the epidemic are facing severe cuts in light of the state budget crisis.

“We’re witnessing the perfect storm- a costly childhood obesity crisis driven by a 228 percent increase in soda consumption, and looming budget cuts that would abandon the very programs protecting those children,” said Monning.

If enacted, the sweetened beverage tax (AB 669) could generate $1.7 billion annually by levying a penny an ounce on every sugar-sweetened beverage sold in California, such as sodas, sweet teas, and sports drinks.

Hear more of Monning’s thoughts in this Assembly Access video:

As extreme as it may seem, Monning’s bill isn’t the first time a California politician has spoken out against the sweetened beverage industry. Last year San Francisco mayor Gavin Newsom issued an executive order banning vending machines on city property from dispensing Coke, Pepsi and other calorically sweetened beverages.

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6:06PM PDT on Apr 10, 2013

Did these idiots not learn from the New York fiasco? Government has no place it this at all. Time to get rid of the Nanny state before we find ourselves living in the future of Demolition Man.

4:43PM PDT on Jul 31, 2012

Regressive taxes just hurt the poor.

8:57PM PST on Nov 11, 2011

This was tried in Philadelphia but it was put to a vote and did not pass.

8:06AM PDT on May 30, 2011

when did David Patterson move to California?

3:01AM PDT on Apr 28, 2011

I think soda is a BIG problem...

9:52PM PDT on Apr 23, 2011

MEDICATIONS CAUSED MY WEIGHT GAIN - WHY TAX ME FOR THAT? I DON'T DRINK JUNK FOODS OF ANY KIND, BUT WHY TAX PEOPLE LIKE ME WHO HAVE TO TAKE LIFE SAVING MEDS.FOR SOMEONE ELSE'S PROBLEM?

3:35PM PDT on Mar 21, 2011

soda is only 1% of the problem, chips, candy,cookies, hamburgers, french fries, fast foods, fried chicken, pizza are the others.

2:03PM PDT on Mar 20, 2011

sounds like a plan

6:41AM PDT on Mar 19, 2011

great news

6:41AM PDT on Mar 19, 2011

great news

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