Daily Tax Report: State

Connecticut Governor Floats Nation’s First Statewide Soda Tax (1)

Feb. 20, 2019, 6:45 PMUpdated: Feb. 20, 2019, 10:38 PM

Connecticut would be the first state in the country to implement a tax on sugary drinks under a provision in Gov. Ned Lamont’s budget proposal.

Facing a $3.7 billion deficit over the next two years, Lamont (D) has proposed a state budget containing a host of “sin taxes” that includes a 1.5-cent per ounce tax on sugar-sweetened beverages, as well as a 10-cent tax on plastic bags and a 75 percent tax on electronic cigarettes.

If approved by the General Assembly, the sugary drinks tax would take effect July 1, 2020, the first day of the state’s fiscal year 2021...

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