Lawmaker Introduces “Penny Per Ounce” Soda Tax

Lawmaker Introduces “Penny Per Ounce” Soda Tax


An Illinois lawmaker wants to tax soft drinks as part of an effort to promote healthy living. State Senator Mattie Hunter’s proposal would charge a penny-per-ounce surcharge on sugary drinks that are sold in sealed containers.

Money generated from the levy would be used to pay for a variety of health services and educational efforts.

But Hunter’s plan is already drawing criticism from the Illinois Coalition Against Beverage Taxes, which says such a proposal would hurt the economy. Other states have a similar tax, but previous efforts haven’t been approved in Illinois.

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