The measure levies a penny-per-ounce tax on most sugar-sweetened beverages.
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The American Beverage Association has spent $11 million to defeat the two measures.
If a drink contains added sugar and lacks nutritional value, it will likely be subject to the tax.
Proponents have built a coalition; the beverage industry is fighting back hard.
If either measure passes, it will be the first soda tax in the country.
Voters will decide on penny-per-ounce tax on sodas and other sugar-sweetened beverages.
How the national bill is different from the San Francisco and Berkeley proposals.
San Francisco voters will decide in November whether to tax sugary beverages at two cents per ounce.
In 2012, voters in the California cities of Richmond and El Monte soundly defeated proposed taxes on sugar-sweetened beverages. The ballot measures were widely covered by local, state and national press. Now, 15 months later comes an analysis of that coverage, a look at what themes were covered on both sides.
A team led by Lisa Powell, an economist at the University of Illinois at Chicago, analyzed the effect of a 20 percent tax on sugar-swettened beverages. That works out to a little more than a penny-per-ounce. They looked at the impact in two states: Illinois and California.