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Is The Soda Tax Getting A Second Chance?

Last year, the Obama administration proposed the implementation of a soda tax, but the initiative fell flat. Maybe.

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The New York State health commissioner is working to save the proposed penny-per-ounce soda tax.

Last year, the Obama administration proposed the implementation of a tax on sugary beverages, which seeks to ease the strain on the federal budget (and trim America’s waistline along the way), but the initiative fell flat.

Maybe.

New York State health commissioner Dr. Richard F. Daines has stepped in amid what seemed to be the initiative’s death rattles, refusing to accept a dim future for the proposed the penny-per-ounce soda tax.

According to the New York Times, Dr. Daines has been traveling acr0ss his state in recent weeks to champion the soda tax to New Yorkers, despite its not fairing well with lawmakers

In spite of the many obstacles the soda tax bill would have to overcome, the New York State budget office calculates it would raise $1 billion dollars a year for that state alone.

Dr. Daines hopes the bill will earn more serious consideration during last-minute budget negotiations, when lawmakers become more desperate.

Megan Meyer

Megan Meyer was in the company of foodies for most of her formative years. She spent all of her teens working at her town's natural food co-op in South Dakota, and later when she moved to Minneapolis, worked as a produce maven for the nation's longest running collectively-managed food co-op. In 2006, she had the distinct pleasure (and pain) of participating the vendanges, or grape harvest, in the Beaujolais terroire of France, where she developed her compulsion to snip off grape clusters wherever they may hang. In the spring of 2008, Megan interned on NPR's Science Desk in Washington, D.C., where she aided in the coverage of science, health and food policy stories. She joined Indiana Public Media in June, 2009.

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