A Proven Budget Solution
Wednesday, Mar 22, 2017
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If we’re going to solve the budget crisis in Illinois, let’s look for answers that do more than just collect taxes. Convincing solutions can be found across the country and abroad.
In fact, there’s mounting evidence proving that taxing sugary drinks is an effective, healthy option:
2. Berkeley, CA raised $1.5M in revenue from a similar drink tax, some of which is being used to promote nutrition and physical activity in schools.
3. Mexico has experienced a drop in morbidity and mortality from diabetes and heart disease, which are linked to their sugary drink tax.
The American Heart Association supports a tax on sugary drinks, the one budget solution proven to cut sugar consumption and bring revenue to the state.