SC Beverage Legislative Update

​2016 at a Glance Legislators returned to Columbia last week to resume the 121st session in South Carolina.  The three major issues this year are going to be infrastructure, education and ethics.  The roads issue cannot be avoided any longer.  The damage from the flood event last year made the crumbling roads exponentially worse.  The…

Soda Tax: Not the Answer

To the Editor: Re “What a Big Tax on Soft Drinks Can Do” (editorial, Oct. 19): Discriminatory taxes on beverages do not improve public health, and they divert us from meaningful solutions to complex health challenges. In the few places where they have been tried, excise taxes that single out beverages have been shown to…

Fighting For Their Company’s Life

Dale Ash, Cindy Colville and Hooper Matthews III are used to ups and downs in their family business – Pepsi Bottling Company of Atmore. Every small business experiences good and not-so-good times due to business cycles, the economy, etc. But when the product you sell – in this case beverages – is singled out by…

Diet Soda Drinkers Lost More Weight Than Water Drinkers

By MARY MacVEAN Los Angeles Times Published: May 3, 2015 6:00AM LOS ANGELES (TNS) — People taking part in a weight-loss program did better over 12 weeks if they drank diet soda than if they drank only water, researchers reported recently. Among the 303 dieters, the people who drank only water lost 8.4 pounds; those…

104-Year-Old Woman Says Dr. Pepper Keeps Her Young

From The Atlanta Journal-Constitution: See story here The secret to longevity, you might be surprised to learn, has nothing to do with exercise, great medical care or drinking lots of water. At least if you ask one centenarian. A Texas woman celebrating her 104th birthday said she’s outsmarted Father Time and Mother Nature by imbibing…

South Carolina’s Transportation Needs

South Carolina is not alone in having inadequate and dilapidated highways and bridges; this is a national problem. The “road” to getting additional funding for South Carolina’s transportation system will be a bumpy ride!! Two plans were introduced in the S.C. House of Representatives yesterday. The Governor’s plan would add 10 cents to the existing…

12 Lawmakers to Watch

By CASSIE COPE ccope@thestate.com   The State Newspaper January 11, 2015 During the 2015 session that starts Tuesday, lawmakers will be driving issues ranging from finding money to pay for the state’s multibillion-dollar road-repair needs to legalizing medical marijuana. A look at some of the key lawmakers and the issues that each champions that will…