Portland to consider a sugary beverage tax


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After certain business’s like Providence Health & Services removed sugary beverages in 2015 as part of a healthier dining initiative, the city is now discussing it’s view of sugary drinks.

A once cent per ounce tax on sugary beverages is being proposed by a portland nonprofit, hoping to fund $22 million a year for children’s health and education programs.

Like the proposed tax in Philly, the funds from taxes would be for programs that promote healthier foods in schools, more physical activity and Pre-K for low-income families.

Mel Rader, Upstream Public Health’s Executive Director, explained in a recent article, that the tax would not only fund critical initiatives but also help reduce consumption of empty calories, linked to diabetes and other health conditions.

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