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Tax junk food: Fight obesity one penny at a time

February 24, 2011
by David Lazarus
Los Angeles Times

 

Let's call it what it is: a sin tax.

A California lawmaker is targeting the obesity epidemic with a tax that would slap a penny-an-ounce levy on drinks sweetened with sugar or corn syrup.

The food industry, not surprisingly, has squared off against the idea, arguing that the tax bill is a punitive assault on personal choice.

 

 

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