For Immediate Release
December 11, 2013
SAN FRANCISCO PARENT POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE ENDORSES THE SUGARY BEVERAGE TAX PROPOSALS HEADED FOR NOVEMBER 2014 BALLOT
San Francisco — Parent group joins call for sugary beverage tax to reduce consumption and fund important programs to improve children’s access to physical activity and nutrition.
On Tuesday, December 10th, the San Francisco Parent Political Action Committee (Parent PAC) voted to support sugary beverage tax proposals by Supervisor Scott Wiener and Supervisor Eric Mar and co-sponsored by Supervisors John Avalos and Malia Cohen. Their proposals would create a two-penny per ounce tax on sugary beverages, with the proceeds dedicated to nutrition, physical activity, and health programs in public schools and parks. Supervisors Wiener and Mar have introduced similar but separate legislative proposals and expect those to be merged into one piece of legislation for placement on the November 2014 ballot.
The tax is also supported by School Board President Rachel Norton and Commissioners Jill Wynns and Matt Haney.
“The Parent PAC supports this tax that will fund increased physical activity and healthy food access as well as reduce the consumption of sugary beverages that directly contribute to the diabetes and obesity epidemics impacting San Francisco’s children,” stated Parent PAC President Tajel Shah.
The Parent PAC is proud to join the grassroots effort that will be needed to pass this measure in the November 2014 election. In conjunction with the reauthorization of the Children’s Amendment and The Public Education Enrichment Fund (PEEF), the sugary beverage tax provides San Franciscans an historic opportunity to demonstrate our commitment to the city’s children.
Learn more about the Parent PAC at sfparentpac.org