Soda Tax

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The Moral Case for Why We Must Repeal Philadelphia’s Soda Tax

“The Philadelphia beverage tax — I know it has people angry about it, but it’s like Obamacare,” Mayor Jim Kenney told a crowd of Black […]

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Black Clergy Soda Tax Criticism Leaves Wide Opening for a Kenney Challenger

In case you missed it, something epic happened last week that could possibly shake up next year’s mayoral race. On November 26th, 20 local Black clergy leaders […]

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Penn Medicine to Stop Serving Sugary Drinks at Its Facilities

Penn Medicine does not want to buy the world a Coke — or sell it one, either. The University of Pennsylvania healthcare system has announced […]

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Harrowgate Playground Selected As First Rebuild Project

Renovations for Harrowgate’s Heitzman Rec Center will be the first project funded by the city’s contentious soda tax, PlanPhilly reports. The revamp sees the first […]

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Soda Tax Haters: You Still Have One Fighting Chance

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court upheld the legality of Philadelphia’s controversial “soda tax” on Wednesday, leaving legislation as the only remaining option for opponents to strike […]

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Kenney, Clarke Denounce Proposal to Replace Philly’s Soda Tax

With lawmakers in Harrisburg busy discussing options to eliminate Philadelphia’s tax on soda and other sugary beverages, Mayor Kenney and City Council President Darrell Clarke […]

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Will the Soda Tax Be Jim Kenney’s Waterloo?

Two years ago, when Philadelphia passed its sweetened beverage tax, it was hailed as a game-changing triumph that sent shock waves across the country and […]

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The Soda Tax Has Had a Huge Impact on Philly’s Soda-Drinking Habits, Suggests New Study

The so-called Philadelphia Soda Tax has had a huge impact on the way that Philadelphians consume soda and other sugary beverages. That’s according to a […]

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Bill Introduced in State House Would Kill Philly’s Soda Tax

A state representative from suburban Pittsburgh introduced a bill on Monday that would prohibit Pennsylvania municipalities from taxing food and beverages. The measure, sponsored by […]

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Philly’s Soda Tax: When Will Kenney — or Council — Fix This Hot Mess?

It’s hard to shake the feeling sometimes that Philadelphia’s beverage tax is the slowest governmental bait-and-switch in history. Back in 2016, as the possible spoils […]

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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 […]