Soda tax would finance anti-obesity programs

February 17, 2011

A California lawmaker has introduced legislation that would slap a penny-per-ounce tax on every soda and sugar-sweetened beverage sold in the state.

The tax could raise $1.7 billion annually, which would be used to finance childhood obesity prevention programs.

“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,” Assemblyman Bill Monning, who introduced the legislation, said in a statement released by his office. “AB 669 will address these problems. It’s only fair that the sweetened beverage industry pay their fair share to address the crisis.”

Revenue raised by the tax would go to improvement in school food service, physical education classes and improved access to fresh water in the schools. The money would also go to grants for local communities to make it easier for kids to stay active by improving parks, supporting recreation programs and paying for after school programs.

A recent Field Poll found that near 60 percent of Californians believer childhood obesity is a “serious problem” and a majority of the state’s voters support a soda tax with the money dedicated to fighting childhood obesity.

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4 Responses to Soda tax would finance anti-obesity programs

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  2. drbrender

    February 18, 2011 at 12:45 pm

    I drink only diet, sugar-free soda? Am I to be taxed because I like soda? I’m not contributing to the obesity problem. And what about the fast food, high calorie, full of fat and sugar merchants. Are you going to tax them too?

  3. dejavu

    February 18, 2011 at 9:14 pm

    What a great idea! Soda = Obesity = Tax = Money For Obesity Prevention! Continuing to follow the First 5 model, in a few years when More State Fiscal Mismanagement = We Need Money, then the current Governor and Legislators can decide that Money For Obesity Prevention = Piggy Bank! Then we’ll find something Unpopular To Tax for Prevention Of BadThings!

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