Should Rhode Island lawmakers OK a special tax on bottled and canned sugary drinks?

NEW TAX LEGISLATION could make buying sugary soft drinks costlier in Rhode Island, leading to debate over the measure’s potential positive effects on health and negative effects on the economy. / PBN FILE PHOTO/NICOLE DOTZENROD
HOUSE LAWMAKERS passed their reworked state lottery legislation on Tuesday, securing the state's 20-year agreement with International Game Technology PLC, and Bally's Corp., its third largest revenue stream. / PBN FILE PHOTO/NICOLE DOTZENROD
Legislation under consideration in the R.I. House and Senate would add a 1.5-cent-per-ounce tax on sugary drinks such as soda, sports drinks, energy drinks, and sweetened teas and coffees. The tax would be assessed on beverage distributors, who would likely pass it on to retailers and consumers. While several U.S. cities have enacted taxes on…

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