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Documents Show NAACP Head Routinely Touted Affiliation During Soda Tax Campaign

Since news emerged in early October that Rodney Muhammad, president of the Philadelphia chapter of the NAACP, had been hired to do “community outreach” by […]

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OPINION: Philly NAACP President Should Resign Over Paid Soda-Tax Lobbying

When the Inquirer reported last week that Philadelphia NAACP chapter president Rodney Muhammad had been paid by a PR firm working for a “dark money” […]

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All Those Philly Soda Tax Ads Cost $5.4 Million This Year

Mayor Kenney sure hit a nerve with his soda tax, didn’t he? Even before the law went on the books last year, a public relations war […]

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People Are Still Traveling Outside Philly to Avoid Soda Tax, Study Finds

A new study from market research firm Catalina suggests what soda tax opponents have been saying all along: shoppers are going outside city limits to avoid […]

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Delco Wendy’s Was Charging Customers Philly Soda Tax

I’ve been waiting for this to happen… A business located outside of Philadelphia limits was recently caught adding the city’s controversial tax on sugary beverages […]

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Philadelphia Urges Pa. Supreme Court to Reject Latest Soda Tax Lawsuit

In a 59-page document filed by the City of Philadelphia, attorneys have urged the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to reject the appeal filed two weeks ago by […]

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Six Months In, Philly Soda Tax Nets $39.3M, Just Shy of Projections

Philadelphia reached the six-month mark on its sweetened beverage tax in June, and the Philadelphia Department of Revenue has reported preliminary figures for the month, […]

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Beverage Groups Takes Soda Tax Lawsuit to Pa. Supreme Court

It’s already lost twice in court, but the American Beverage Association is giving its lawsuit against the city’s sweetened beverage tax another go. 

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Stop Using the Poor to Justify Your Hatred of the Soda Tax

For reasons that I’ll get into later in this column, I don’t eat a lot of pie. But over the Fourth of July weekend, I […]

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Philly Soda Tax Upheld by Commonwealth Court

Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court voted today to uphold Philadelphia’s soda tax. It’s the second legal win for the city since the American Beverage Association and local retailers […]

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OPINION: Philly’s Soda Tax Is Shaping Up to Be an Epic Flop

It’s been six months since the city’s soda tax (or, more accurately, the sugary beverage tax) was implemented — and it’s off to a rocky […]

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Philly Soda Tax Brings in Highest Collection Yet in March

The Philly soda tax brought in $7 million dollars in March, its third month in action, the Department of Revenue announced on Tuesday. The amount […]

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Philly’s Soda Tax Is Back in Court Today

On Wednesday, a panel of Commonwealth Court judges in Pittsburgh will hear arguments over the legality of Mayor Kenney’s landmark sweetened beverage tax. Levied just […]

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Philly Soda Tax Draws in $6.4 Million for February, Exceeding City’s Estimate

The Philly soda tax brought in $6.4 million dollars in February, its second month of collections, the city announced Thursday morning. The figure exceeds Philly’s […]

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After Backlash From City, Temple Pauses Meal-Plan Increase

Officials at Temple University have walked back plans for a steep hike on meal-plan rates, which they claimed was a direct effect of the city’s […]