Should Seattle tax sugary drinks? Here’s what the health research says — and doesn’t say

Posted on March 13, 2017 | Seattle Times by Bob Young

At the start of 2016 only one U.S. city had imposed a tax on soda and other sugary drinks: Berkeley, Calif.

By the time we ushered in 2017, six other jurisdictions had joined the club — including San Francisco, Philadelphia and Cook County, Illinois, which includes Chicago.

Mayor Ed Murray hopes Seattle will keep the momentum rolling. Murray has proposed a tax of 2 cents per ounce on sugary drinks, with full details to come next month when he sends legislation to the City Council.

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