HARTFORD, Conn. – Connecticut might become the first state to impose a special tax on candy under a bill proposed by Rep. Juan Candelaria, D-New Haven, who hopes to curb childhood obesity by taxing sweets and soft drinks.
The legislature’s Committee on Children will schedule a public hearing on the bill, which would impose a new one cent per-ounce tax on sugary soft drinks and candy.
Candelaria said the tax would apply to high-sugar and high-calorie candies as well as soft drinks, both carbonated and uncarbonated. The new revenue would be divided evenly between municipal aid funds, a scholarship program, and efforts to reduce childhood obesity.
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