EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) -- A group of RI lawmakers is proposing to tax sugar-sweetened drinks.
The lawmakers suggest taxing $1.28 per gallon of sugar sweetened beverage, or 1 cent per ounce. That tax would apply to sodas, sports drinks and energy drinks.
The goal is to curb obesity rates in Rhode island, the group said. 25.5 percent of adults in Rhode Island are obese, according to the Center for Disease Control .
The restaurant and retail industries are opposing the proposal, saying it will hurt their business. The Center For Consumer Freedom is also opposing the tax, pointing out studies that demonstrate soda is not a unique contributor to obesity.
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