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Soda tax in federal cafeterias and shops to reduce healthcare costs

Research has shown that a soda tax will reduce consumption of unhealthy beverages. A quarter tax on carbonated beverages and possibly other high calorie foods could be used to increase funding for other wellness programs and reduce healthcare costs. Federal employees are often not healthy and they can afford such a tax. They would, of course, be welcome to bring in such food items from outside federal government facilities but this would help capture those who simply buy what is on offer.

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