California Soda Tax is Off the Table For Now

A proposed soda tax on sugary drinks fizzled before an Assembly taxation committee Monday. But proponents of the bill said they won’t give up. San Joaquin Valley counties would stand to gain about $78 million yearly for schools and childhood obesity-prevention programs from the proposed 1-cent per ounce tax on sugar-sweetened drinks, they said. “The soda tax really makes sense for us in the central San Joaquin Valley,” said Genoveva Islas-Hooker, coordinator of the Central California Regional Obesity Prevention Program. “We have high obesity rates. We have very high rates of soda consumption and funding from a soda tax would allow resources to address the obesity problem.”

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