Friday, December 30, 2011
France approves soda tax
by Larry Geller
France's top constitutional body on Wednesday approved a new tax on sugary drinks that aims to fight obesity while giving a boost to state coffers.
The Constitutional Council approved the new soda tax, announced in August as part of the government's fight against obesity and within the framework of a broader austerity programme, after it was passed in parliament last week.
[France24 (AFP), France approves soda tax, 12/28/2011 ]
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The Hawaii state legislature will likely consider a state-wide soda tax during the 2012 session that begins mid-January.
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