AP — John Vratil pushes enormous new soda tax, ignores waste in education

TOPEKA, Kan. – Kansas would impose a new tax on soda – a penny for every teaspoon of sugar – under a proposal that a key legislator outlined Tuesday while lawmakers considered raising taxes to erase a projected budget shortfall.

The soda tax advanced by Sen. John Vratil, a Leawood Republican, would increase the cost of a 12-ounce can of soda by a dime and raise an estimated $90 million during the fiscal year that begins July 1.

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