San Francisco Voters Defeat Tax on Sugary Drinks

San Francisco voters have defeated a measure that would have taxed sodas and other sugary drinks to fight obesity and related diseases.

The measure on Tuesday's ballot to levy the two-cents an ounce tax on soft drinks fell short of the two-thirds support needed to pass.

Voters in nearby Berkeley, however, were favoring a similar soda tax.

More than 30 other cities and states previously defeated soda-tax proposals at the ballot box.

Berkeley, known for its liberal politics, could be the first in the country to approve such a ballot measure if a simple majority of voters approves in that city.

Copyright AP - Associated Press
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