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Lawmaker Introduces “Penny Per Ounce” Soda Tax

Lawmaker Introduces “Penny Per Ounce” Soda Tax

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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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