soda tax http://wuis.org en "Soda Tax" Defeated At Statehouse http://wuis.org/post/soda-tax-defeated-statehouse <p>An Illinois House committee has rejected a proposed tax on sweetened drinks that supporters say would help fight obesity. &nbsp;</p><p>The House Revenue and Finance Committee defeated the so-called ``soda tax'' Tuesday. It would have added a tax of 1 cent per ounce to any sweetened beverage. &nbsp;</p><p>Rep. Robyn Gabel is an Evanston Democrat. The Chicago Sun-Times reports Gabel told legislators the tax would give people an incentive to choose a healthier drink. It also would generate an estimated $600 million in annual revenue. &nbsp;</p> Tue, 27 May 2014 22:22:37 +0000 Associated Press 26046 at http://wuis.org "Soda Tax" Defeated At Statehouse 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