Soda tax could mean you pay more

No more sugary drinks sold at Dayton Children's
No more sugary drinks sold at Dayton Children's Hospital. (WDTN Photo)

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – The next can of soda you buy could cost you about 10 cents more if a Connecticut congresswoman has her way.

Representative Rosa DeLauro Introduced the sugar-sweetened beverages tax or Sweet Act this week.

It would require drink manufacturers to pay a penny tax for each teaspoon of sweetner in their drinks.

While that works out to roughly a dime per can of soda, it is closer to 20 cents for a 20-ounce bottle or most medium-size soft drinks at restaurants.

The money would help pay for rising Medicare and Medicaid costs.

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