Sugary drinks add large amounts of calories to the diet and are linked with obesity. Many state legislatures have tried to impose new taxes on sugary drinks, but the beverage industry has opposed such measures claiming that taxes on sugary drinks will result in regional job losses because of reduced consumption. This issue brief highlights the results of a study published in the American Journal of Public Health which predicts that a new 20 percent tax on sugary drinks in two states, California and Illinois, would not have any significant impact on employment in those states.