Liberal Group Pitches Soda Tax for CTMarch 16, 2017
The liberal Connecticut Voices for Children has pitched the state legislature on a soda tax they say would bring in $85 million a year.
Connecticut Voices for Children (CT Voices), a liberal group, has pitched a new way to pay for child care in Connecticut: tax soda.
CT News Junkie reported on Monday that CT Voices believes a tax of one cent per fluid ounce would raise $85 million a year, “far more than the $33 million Connecticut needed to fully fund the [child care] program this year.”
How much could the cost of soda go up under this tax?
- A 20-oz. bottle of soda, the standard size, could cost 20 cents more
- A two-liter bottle of soda could cost 67 cents more
- A 12-pack of soda cans could cost $1.44 more
- A case of 35 cans – Costco or BJ’s sell these, for example – could cost $4.20 more
This is not the first time a soda tax has been proposed in Connecticut. In 2015, a one-cent-per-ounce tax sponsored by State Rep. Juan Candelaria (D-New Haven) failed to pass that year.
What’s more, the Tax Foundation found this week that Connecticut’s state and local sales tax rate – 6.35 percent – is the 12th-most burdensome in the nation. Connecticut collected an average of $1,137 per person in sales tax in 2015, good enough for the eighth-highest per-person burden in the country.
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