Soda Tax, Sugar Safety Warnings On Drinks Supported By Most Californians: Poll
Supporters say those moves would help public health, but legislation pushing such measures has failed so far in the Legislature. And in Davis City, council members vote to reject a soda tax ballot initiative.
The Sacramento Bee:
California Voters Favor Taxes, Labels For Sugary Drinks
Proponents of limiting the consumption of sugary drinks have mostly fallen short in the political arena in recent years, but Californians are largely supportive of their efforts. A new Field Poll, sponsored by The California Endowment, found that overwhelming majorities of voters favor taxing and putting safety warnings on soda and other sugar-sweetened beverages, proposals that advocates argue would help reduce health conditions such as diabetes. (Koseff, 2/3)
The Sacramento Business Journal:
Davis City Council Gives Thumbs-Down To Soda Tax Initiative
The Davis City Council on Tuesday voted 3-2 against a plan to put a soda tax initiative on the June ballot. Council members ultimately decided the measure wouldn't have been an effective way to raise revenue for the city. Proponents had argued the proposal would bring needed funds for infrastructure improvements. (2/3)