NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — A state legislator from New Haven is proposing a tax on candy and soda for Connecticut residents.
State Representative Juan Candelaria, a Democrat representing New Haven, proposed a one cent per ounce tax during the January legislative session. A copy of the bill states that the tax is targeted at soft drinks and candy that are high in calories and sugar, but did not elaborate as to what is considered high calories.
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If approved, the tax revenue will go toward programs to prevent childhood obesity, Governor Malloy’s scholarship program, and to municipalities around the state, according to the bill.