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Gov. Ducey signs bill that bans extra taxes on soda and other sugary drinks

March 22, 2018

KGUN 9 News,

Carlos Herrera,

March 21, 2018-

Governor Doug Ducey signed a bill into law that prevents Arizona cities and counties from taxing soda and sweet drinks. It is the first bill of its kind in the country and is generating some debate. The law, also known as the “soda tax,” bars cities, towns, and counties from applying extra taxes on the drinks. “I think there should be a little bit more of a tax on them I suppose,” a Tucson resident said. Some say the tax would increase revenue.

“That would make more sense, If everyone is drinking it, why not make more money?” another Tucson resident stated. However, representatives of grocery stores in the state of Arizona, support the new law. Some agree the government should not use tax rates to “pick winners and losers in foods and beverages we consume every day,” Tim McCabe, a spokesperson with the Arizona Food Marketing Alliance, said in a statement.

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