Thursday Must Read: Californians Back Soda Tax to Fight Obesity; Boxer Pushes New Carbon Tax Plan

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1. A super-majority of California residents — 68 percent — say they support a tax on soda, but only if the proceeds are used to improve nutrition and fitness programs in schools, the Chron and Merc report, citing a new Field Poll. The poll provided hope for nutrition advocates who are seeking to limit the amount of sugary soda that kids ingest. But the poll showed that support for a soda tax drops dramatically — to 40 percent — if the funds are not specifically earmarked for nutrition programs. Richmond voters overwhelmingly defeated a soda tax in November that did not legally require the city to spend the proceeds on fighting obesity.

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