California Democratic lawmakers are proposing not only a tax on soda but also warning labels on soda products and the ban of "unsealed portions" of sweetened beverages larger than 16 ounces in an attempt to address what they are calling "a public health crisis."
Although an exact fee hasn't been proposed, a tax of two cents on every fluid ounce could raise $2 billion for California. That money would be used to offset the cost of sugar-related healthcare for things like diabetes and obesity.
Critics of the proposed bill say that Californians shouldn't be "treated like children" or "taxed for their rights."
I used to drink soda and thought I could never quit drinking it. I don't drink it now except for seltzer as a mixer with my vodka on occasion. I understand why they are doing what they're doing but it doesn't make it ok to tax soda. The warning labels on the other hand I agree with.