Illinois Lawmakers Propose Soda Tax

Published 02/18 2014 06:09PM

Updated 02/18 2014 06:10PM

Residents in Illinois may have to pay more for sugary drinks soon.

State lawmakers are calling for a penny per-ounce tax on sugary drinks sold in sealed containers.
That's twenty cents for a twenty ounce bottle, or twelve more cents for your average size can.

The bill's sponsor says the revenue could help fund health care initiatives, such as obesity prevention programs and childhood nutrition.

The Illinois Coalition Against Beverage Taxes says a tax on soda could hurt the economy and cost the state jobs.

Dozens of states have proposed such legislation since 2009, but none have added a tax on sugary drinks so far.

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