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Liberal Group Pitches Soda Tax for CT

March 16, 2017 By Staff
Liberal Group Pitches Soda Tax for CT

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.