Miss. Dems propose plan for health coverage


By The Associated Press

JACKSON — If the state taxed your favorite soft drink, would you still buy it?

State Rep. John Mayo, D-Clarksdale, says he will propose legislation to add a few cents to the cost of any presweetened drink, including energy drinks and sodas.

Hernando Mayor Chip Johnson helped craft the bill. He says taxing pre-sweetened drinks would cut down on the overwhelming obesity rate in Mississippi.

Johnson says, whether this passes or not, the debate will raise awareness of the health risks of sugary drinks.

Mayo says his bill does specify a surcharge amount, leaving it to lawmakers to decide.

Johnson says some states do 2 cents an ounce and other states do 5 cents.

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