Texas Lawmaker Proposes Soda Tax

Texas State Sen. Eddie Lucio, D-Brownsville, is proposing increasing the taxes on sodas - both regular and diet, and energy drinks - to raise money for the state and cut down on obesity in children and adults, according to The Star-Telegram based in Fort Worth, Texas.

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Editor's Insight: The sin tax concept continues to challenge the food and refreshments services industry.

Refreshment service operators in Texas must join tax opponents, which will likely include state food and beverage interests.

Some politicians don't realize that food and beverage prices are rising fast enough and that additional taxes will hurt consumers more. 03-15-11 Elliot Maras

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