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January 21, 2018


Did the city really make $5.7 million in Beverage Tax?

By Alex Lloyd Gross Yesterday,  February 23, 2017  the City of Philadelphia announced that they took in $5.7  million in the month of January . That was the inception of this tax.  Proponents of this tax claim the money will fund Pre-K . The city hopes to make up to 91 Million dollars in 2017

$500,000 Given to city to support soda tax

By Alex Lloyd Gross The Beverage Tax is proving itself to be very unpopular among people who now realize how much their soft drinks will cost in the city.  Even though a Federal Judge has dismissed the claim by the American Beverage Association , there is an appeal and this could wind up costing the

Soda is flying off the shelves outside the city

By Alex Lloyd Gross Suburban stores in the Philadelphia area have watched soda and other beverages that are taxable inside the city, fly off the shelves. In fact, some stores have limits set on how much soda can be bought.  In stark contrast, the soda aisle at local markets are empty, except for a few

Soda tax in effect Jan 1 2017

By Alex Lloyd Gross In a stunning victory for the city,  Federal Judge Gary Glazer rejected the appeal from the American Beverage Association and others  completely. This action paves the way for a 1.5 cent tax per ounce on sugar drinks in the city.  There is nowhere to go except  to the store to pay

Thousands get ready for Philadelphia Marathon

By  Alex Lloyd Gross This weekend, November 19-20, 2016 in the weekend that  the Philadelphia Marathon takes place. It’s a grueling 26 mile run through Philadelphia.   26 miles is a bit too much for you to run? No problem, there is a half marathon of 13.1 miles, or even an 8K run which is about

Soda tax is passed in Philadelphia

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

New hospital open in South Philly

The City of Philadelphia and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) today celebrated the grand opening of its new South Philadelphia Community Health and Literacy Center. The $42.5 million, 96,000-sqaure-foot LEED-certified facility includes a CHOP pediatric primary care center; Philadelphia Department of Public Health community health center; state-of-the-art Free Library of Philadelphia South Philadelphia Library; and

Phila soda tax faces stiff opposition

By Alex Lloyd Gross Mayor Michael Nutter tried twice to enact a tax on soft drinks in Philadelphia. He failed , partly because he could not get city council to go along with it. One council member that voted no was James Kenney.  Now after a few years passed and Kenney is elected Mayor, he 

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