The American Beverage Association has donated another half-million dollars to fight a Berkeley ballot measure that would tax sodas and other sugary drinks.
The San Francisco Board of Supervisors’ Budget and Finance Committee unanimously voted today to recommend a tax on soda and sugary beverages sold in the city for the November ballot.
The Berkeley City Council has voted unanimously to place a one-cent-per ounce soda tax measure on the November ballot.
The Berkeley City Council voted Tuesday night to put a measure on the ballot that would impose a penny-per-ounce tax on soda and other sugar-sweetened beverages such as energy drinks. Diet sodas and juice would be exempted.
A legislative committee has rejected a bill that would have made California the first state in the nation to require warning labels on sodas and other sugary drinks, effectively killing the legislation.
Health experts addressed San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors this week to say a soda tax would compel changes in behavior in low-income neighborhoods and minority communities.
It was a long afternoon in the San Francisco supervisors chambers Wednesday, as supporters of a proposed ballot measure to tax sugary drinks as a way to combat childhood obesity tried to drown out the opposition from the beverage industry.
The team says four flavors of Zivia – a drink flavored with stevia, a plant-based alternative to artificial sweeteners – will be available at concessions throughout O.co Coliseum.
A study released in the journal Health Economics casts doubt on claims that soda taxes are an effective way to combat obesity.
There is broad, bipartisan support among California voters for special taxes and warning labels on soda and other sugary beverages, according to a Field Poll Thursday.