Mattie Hunter http://wuis.org en Proposed Beverage Tax Could Bring Down Health Costs; Unions Oppose Measure http://wuis.org/post/proposed-beverage-tax-could-bring-down-health-costs-unions-oppose-measure <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Illinois already has so-called 'sin taxes' on alcohol, tobacco and gambling. Now lawmakers are trying to add sugary drinks to that list. The proposal faces an uphill battle in Springfield.</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Sin taxes have a dual purpose: deterring people from what's regarded as undesirable behavior, and generating extra tax money.</span></p><p>In this case, lawmakers want to charge a penny per ounce of sugar-sweetened drinks like soda.</p> Thu, 20 Feb 2014 23:46:54 +0000 Hannah Meisel 19384 at http://wuis.org Proposed Beverage Tax Could Bring Down Health Costs; Unions Oppose Measure Illinois May Consider Taxing Soft Drinks http://wuis.org/post/illinois-may-consider-taxing-soft-drinks <p>An Illinois lawmaker wants to tax soft drinks as part of an effort to promote healthy living. &nbsp;</p><p>The Springfield bureau of Lee Enterprises Newspapers reports (http://bit.ly/1oMu4vj ) the legislation is being sponsored by Sen. Mattie Hunter, a Chicago Democrat. &nbsp;<br />Her proposal would charge a penny-per-ounce surcharge on sugary drinks that are sold in sealed containers. &nbsp;<br />Money generated from the levy would be used to pay for a variety of health services and educational efforts. &nbsp;</p> Tue, 18 Feb 2014 14:56:43 +0000 Associated Press 19190 at http://wuis.org Illinois May Consider Taxing Soft Drinks