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Soda tax is passed in Philadelphia



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Alex Lloyd Gross photo Delaware Valley News.com Mayor Kenney proposed the tax.

By Alex Lloyd Gross

Time will tell if stores will close and people will be out of work as Philadelphia City Council voted to amend the tax on sugar drinks with  a 1.5 cent tax per ounce. This extra cash is supposed to go to fund kindergarten.  It is the only such tax in the United States except for Berkley California.  The original bill proposed by Mayor Kenney called for a three cent per ounce tax but neither side won a true victory.

The teachers union is happy  but the grocery union is not.  The bottom line is very simple. People are going to travel to buy their groceries  to avoid paying the extra tax.  Sure, soda will still be sold and people will buy it in the city limits, just not in the quantity that they did prior to the tax being approved.  They will go elsewhere.  Entrepreneurs that buy soda outside the city and sell it inside might wind up arrested.  That means they just got a criminal record for selling a legal product.

The tax on a  two liter bottle should be about a dollar.   The citizens of Philadelphia will decide who if their councilperson should remain employed come the next election. if they voted for this tax,  that politician has a long  and expensive road ahead of them to retain their job.  Mayor Kenney ,  who proposed this tax is up for re election in just under four years.

The soda industry lobbied hard against it.  Former Mayor Michael Bloomberg from New York tossed some money, (over a million dollars actually) to support the  tax.   In the end, council thought  they were doing the right thing.  We will see in election time and we will see if people will pay  as much as $1.50 extra for a soda.  This tax also includes diet  drinks and  drinks ordered at restaurants. This tax will be finalized by council next week to make up the budget.

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Alex Lloyd Gross
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9 Responses “Soda tax is passed in Philadelphia”

  1. June 8, 2016 at 9:56 pm

    That’s crazy.

  2. June 8, 2016 at 10:59 pm

    Beyond stupid! What other drinks are these idiots proposing to tax?

  3. June 8, 2016 at 11:56 pm

    What they didn’t tell you is at the last minute Kenney said all the taxes aren’t going to Pre-K that some are going to his Union buddies for contract negotiations. This Mayor is outright dangerous and he is going to make Philly look like Detroit in short order. I hope that last minute fund diversion will kill the bill on final passage. Experts already said the tax won’t be enough and won’t meet projections. And also they proposed tax credits for stores who sell healthy drinks so that will dig into the revenue as well. Just stupid!

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