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Senate committee approves soda fee

By Derrick DePledge

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Feb 12, 2013

~~<p>The state Senate Health Committee voted Monday to advance a soda fee of 1 cent per ounce &mdash; or $1.28 per gallon &mdash; that would raise about $37 million a year to counter obesity.</p>
<p>Money from the soda fee would go toward state programs to prevent and treat obesity and chronic diseases such as diabetes. Senators hope a soda fee, like higher taxes on tobacco, will reduce consumption.</p>
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The state Senate Health Committee voted Monday to advance a soda fee of 1 cent per ounce — or $1.28 per gallon — that would raise about $37 million a year to counter obesity.

Money from the soda fee would go toward state programs to prevent and treat obesity and chronic diseases such as diabetes. Senators hope a soda fee, like higher taxes on tobacco, will reduce consumption. Login for more...



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