NEW YORK — Gov. David Paterson is pushing for 1-cent-per-ounce increase in the cost of soft drinks to curb obesity and help the state compensate for the estimated $7.6 billion it spends on diabetes and other obesity-related health problems. The proposed penny-per-ounce excise tax could reduce consumption of sugared beverages by more than 10%, according to Paterson. The tax would apply to beverages that contain more than 10 calories per 8 ounces, such as soda, sports drinks, “energy” ...

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