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Illinois Lawmaker Proposes Soda Tax

Updated: Thursday, February 20 2014, 10:46 AM CST
One Illinois lawmaker wants to promote healthy living by taxing soft drinks.

Democratic Sen. Mattie Hunter says her proposal would charge a penny
per ounce surcharge on sugary drinks that are sold in sealed containers.

Money generated from the tax would be used to pay for health services and educational efforts.

Critics of the plan said taxing soda would hurt the economy and cost the state jobs. Illinois Lawmaker Proposes Soda Tax

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