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. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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