Former Oklahoma legislator proposes tax on soda

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BERS TO BACK IT UP. KOCO’S MECCA RAYNE LIVE WITH THE DETAILS. MECCA: IT WOULD GO ON DRINKS LIKE THIS, SO THE, POP EVEN TEA BRINGING THE HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS IS — OF IT’S SOMETHING DOLLARS. YOU CAN AND OFTEN DO BUY ANYWHERE. A SUGARY DRINK OF YOUR CHOICE. IT COULD ALSO BE THE ANSWER TO OKLAHOMA’S BUDGET $869 MILLION BUDGET SHORTFALL.>>I’VE OFFERED A SOFT DRINK TAX AGAIN. I THINK IT’S A LUXURY. JONATHAN MECCA: FORMER LEGISLATOR JERRY ELLIS SAYS SINCE SODA REALLY ISN’T A HAVE TO HAVE ITEM, HE THINKS OKLAHOMANS WOULD SUPPORT TAXING IT TO BRING IN MONEY. HERE IS AN EXAMPLE.>>IF YOU DID A NICKLE ON EVERY 12 OUNCES, IT WOULD PROBABLY GENERATE IF YOU USE THAT MONEY $200 MILLION. FROM MEDICAID, YOU’D GET $1.60 FEDERAL FOR EVERY STATE DOLLAR AND THIS $200 MILLION COULD TURN INTO $500 MILLION. MECCA: SAYING OKLAHOMANS DIDN’T CARE FOR THE PENNY SALES TAX AND LIKELY WON’T BE FANS ON AN INCREASE ON FUEL OR ELIMINATING TAX EXEMPTIONS. BUT HE THINKS A SOFT DRINK TAX COULD BE ANOTHER STORY.>>IT’S A LUXURY. IT’S OPTIONAL. IT’S NOT GOING TO HURT ANYBODY AND IT CAN BRING IN SOME BIG DOLLARS THAT CAN HELP BAIL THIS STATE OUT. MECCA: ELLIS DID INTRODUCE THIS IDEA BEFORE BACK IN 2003.

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