Sugary drinks fee gains traction in Hawaii Senate

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HONOLULU (AP) -- The state Senate judiciary committee has pushed forward a proposal to add a fee to sugary beverages in Hawaii.

The judiciary committee's vote Tuesday came just a day after the Senate health committee approved the same bill.

Gov. Neil Abercrombie says the fee is an important way to fight obesity.

The governor says the fee could raise $38 million in revenue over the next two years while reducing consumption of sugary drinks by 8 percent to 10 percent.

The American Beverage Association says taxing sugary drinks won't change the obesity rate.

The organization says it would be better to limit what kids drink at school.

Members of Hawaii's local beverage industry worry the move could hurt jobs and businesses.

The Senate ways and means committee will hear the bill next.
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Are they going add fees to food like this?



Loco moco is a traditional meal in Hawaiian cuisine. There are many variations, but the essential loco moco consists of white rice, topped with a hamburger patty, a fried egg, and brown gravy. Variations may include chili, bacon, ham, Spam, kalua pork, linguiça, teriyaki beef, teriyaki chicken, mahi-mahi, shrimp, oysters, and other meats. Loco Moco is also the name of a Hawaiian-based restaurant chain that serves Hawaiian rice bowl dishes.

Looks delish.

Now I'm starvin'. Earl, we got any Pork Loco Moco back there?
 

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First, they'll go after sugary drinks, then they'll go after fatty foods. It's like they're trying to starve the Samoan sector to death.
 

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Does this mean Hawaiian Punch with no longer be the official state drink?