Home Page
KPUA Program Schedule
Election Coverage

Today's KPUA Program Schedule:
Click here for showtimes
& complete program lineup.


National News
World News
Sports
Business
Strange Reports
Entertainment
NCAA Tournament
San Francisco Giants
San Francisco 49ers
Oakland Raiders
University of Hawaii
ESPN
KWXX
B-97
KPUA
1145 Kilauea Ave
Hilo, Hawaii 96720
PH: 808 935-5461
FAX: 808 935-7761

Hilo, Hawaii News, Sports, & Information Thursday, October 30, 2014



Back to Hawaii News index




Posted: Thursday, January 24th, 2013 9:18 AM HST

Hawaii senators propose tax on sugary drinks

By Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) Four Hawaii senators are proposing a statewide tax on sugar-sweetened beverages.

The Democratic senators say that the consumption of sugary drinks contributes to obesity. Hawaii ranks second-to-last for adult obesity compared to other states.

The senators want to charge 1 cent per teaspoon of sugar in each drink and use the revenue to fund community health centers and help trauma victims. They say the tax would translate to about 10 cents per 12-ounce soda.

Hawaii House Majority Leader Scott Saiki says he isn't sure the bill will find support in the House. He says that while sugary drinks carry health risks, the House will be cautious about enacting broad-based taxes this session.

Hawaii Senate President Donna Kim called for no new taxes during the legislative opening ceremony last week.



National News
World News

Sports
Business

Strange Reports
Entertainment