A penny-an-ounce tax on soda could add up to some major healthcare savings.
A team of researchers at UC San Francisco says upping the price on your typical can of soda could lead to a decrease in consumption by 20% statewide, lowering the number of new diabetes cases by thousands, which Democratic State Senator Bill Monning says would save the state about $500 million over the next decade.
"We as taxpayers are already paying tremendous costs for people dependent on public health," said Senator Monning.
Senator Monning has long been pushing a bill for a tax on sugary drinks, it's on hold from last session,
"We would have this month of January to get a vote," the Senator said.
Revenue would go towards nutrition programs. UCSF says impacts would be particularly profound in minority and low-income populations, where diabetes cases are disproportionately high.