A Vermont house committee has reversed course. After rejecting a penny-an-ounce tax on sugar-sweetened beverages last week, the measure has now been approved.
The Vermont House Health Care Committee had defeated the measure on a 5-5 tie vote on Friday after a committee member, a physician, abruptly left. Vermont Digger, an independent online newspaper, quoted committee chair Democrat Mike Fisher saying “The bill is dead”. But on Wednesday, the panel voted in two 7-4 tallies to advance the measure.