Boulder sets its sights on soda

Author: Jennifer Kerns - April 27, 2016 - Updated: April 27, 2016

While attention has been focused on Colorado's battle over beer and wine, advocates of a soda tax in Boulder have been making their move to place a measure on the November ballot. Healthy Boulder Kids has filed ballot language which proposes a two-cent-per-ounce excise tax on sugary drinks including sodas and other beverages made with sugar, sweeteners, powders and syrups. For perspective, a 20-ounce soda would be subject to a 40 cent tax. Beverages on Boulder's target list include drinks that contain at least 5 grams of sugar, high fructose corn syrup or other added sweeteners per 12 fluid ounces. How popular the measure would be is uncertain.

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Jennifer Kerns

Jennifer Kerns

Jennifer Kerns is an executive editor at The Colorado Statesman. She is an accomplished conservative political writer and contributor to several national publications including The Blaze, The Washington Times, and The Heritage Foundation's Daily Signal. She also served as the communications director and spokeswoman for the 2013 Colorado recall elections to defend Coloradans' Second Amendment rights.