HONOLULU (AP) — Coca-Cola and Pepsi are united in opposition of a proposal that would assess a surcharge on all sugar-sweetened beverages sold in Hawaii.
Last year, Gov. Neil Abercrombie proposed a soda tax as a method to fight obesity and balance the state budget.
This time, the idea comes from senators, although state Department of Health Director Loretta Fuddy said the administration appreciates the intent of the bill.
According to Fuddy, a tax on sugary beverages is one of several public health policies recommended by prominent national organizations to fight obesity and the over-consumption of sugar.
Health professionals also lent their support to the proposal, which has drawn opposition from beverage and retail industry groups, as well as soft drink companies.
Senate Bill 3019 will be heard Wednesday.