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Soda taxes fizzle in wake of industry lobbying

from The Washington Post

When Washington state passed a tax on soda and other sugary beverages in April, it seemed like momentum was building nationally for a new kind of tax. Washington's law, which imposes a tax of two cents for every 12 ounces of soda, came on the heels of similar actions in Maine and Colorado. Politically, the soda tax seemed to pack a perfect one-two punch. It raised revenue in a year when states like Washington were facing enormous budget deficits. And it offered a response to the growing problem of obesity, especially among children. Now, the beverage industry has momentum flowing in the opposite direction. Its lobbyists quashed every other state effort to pass a soda tax this year, including bills in Mississippi, New Mexico and New York state. more


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