Connecticut considers beverage tax on sugary drinks at rate of penny an ounce

State officials held a public hearing in Hartford Tuesday on a proposed sugary drinks tax.



The beverage tax would cost consumers a penny an ounce, so a 20-ounce soda would cost an extra 20 cents. If the soda was being sold for $2, the tax would equal 10 percent.



"This is intended to dissuade consumption," says Dr. David Katz in Hartford Tuesday, of Yale-Griffin Prevention Research Center. "There's no need to spend extra money. Just occasionally drink the water instead of soda. You have that choice."



Some beverage distributors say the tax could cost jobs, but according to the University of Connecticut, the state could gain up to $145 million in extra revenue.



"These tax dollars on sugary beverages can aid programs such as Medicare, Care 4 Kids and Temporary Family Assistance," says India Graces, of the Connecticut Alliance for Basic Human Needs.


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