State Soda Taxes

Soda Taxes Continue to Pop Up as a Way to Fund Government Programs/Encourage Health

Santa Fe, New Mexico is the latest in a string of cities and states considering a "sugary sweet beverages tax" to simultaneously fund costly government programs and encourage healthy eating and drinking habits from the citizenry.

Santa Fe Mayor Javier Gonzalez (D) proposed a 2-cent per ounce tax on sugary beverages, including soft drinks and sugary juices. The measure was agreed to be put to voters in a May 2 special election.

If passed, advocates claim that the tax will generate an estimated $10.6 million per year, a figure that has been disputed by opponents of the measure. Regardless of the amount, the tax dollars are currently slated to be used to fund early-childhood education programs. Specifically, the measure would fund grants to existing early childhood education organizations.

From Cigarettes to Soda: CA Legislators Move In on Their Next Regulatory Target

Riding a spike of sugar tax victories across the country, California lawmakers are pushing new legislation that would require soda to carry a label warning, not unlike that on cigarettes.

California State Sen. Bill Monning (D) introduced SB 300 (the Sugar-Sweetened Beverages Health Warning Act) in February. As currently written, the bill would require health-warning labels on most sweetened beverage's containing added sweeteners of 75 calories or higher per 12 fluid ounces.

While Sen. Monning introduced identical legislation in 2014 and 2015, this year's version comes to light after successful sugary drink taxes have been implemented in the California cities of Berkeley, San Francisco, Oakland and Albany. Additionally, Philadelphia, PA, Boulder, CO and Cook County, IL (which contains Chicago) have approved varying sugary drink taxes.

The bill currently has 9 cosponsors and is set for a hearing in the Senate Health Committee on April 19.