Soda Tax

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Will Philly’s Soda Tax Make Coca-Cola the Next Philip Morris?

In 1973, Arizona became the first state in America to restrict smoking in some public places. Four years later, Berkeley, Calif., became the first city in the […]

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Council Demanding Answers on Use of Soda Tax Funds

Mayor Jim Kenney’s push to pass a soda tax in Philadelphia, which could culminate next week with a City Council vote on a 1.5-cent-per-ounce tax […]

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Philly Soda Tax Gets Thumbs-Up From Council

Mayor Jim Kenney is now one step away from securing a major first-term victory, after a City Council committee voted Wednesday evening to approve a new tax on […]

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Fetterman: Stop Calling the Soda Tax “Regressive” — It’s Actually Progressive

(Editor’s note: This is an opinion column from guest writers John and Gisele Fetterman. John is the mayor of Braddock, Pa., and a former candidate for […]

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The No-Bullshit Guide to the Fight Over the Philly Soda Tax

For the third time in less than 10 years, Philadelphia City Council is reaching the end of a debate on whether to impose a tax on […]

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Now Council’s Considering a Property Tax Hike to Pay for Pre-K

Councilwoman Cindy Bass said on Tuesday that her office is working on a bill that would raise the property tax rate in Philadelphia, as City Council […]

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Council Privately Discusses Taxing Diet Soda, Too

City Council President Darrell Clarke is still trying to find the sweet spot when it comes to Mayor Jim Kenney’s proposed three-cents-per-ounce soda tax. The […]

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Council’s Convoluted Container Tax Policy

Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown introduced an intriguing bill on Thursday. After proposing a container tax last week as an alternative to Mayor Jim Kenney’s suggested soda tax, […]

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Clarke Calls 3-Cent Soda Tax “Divisive,” Says It Won’t Pass

Some City Council members argue that a 15-cent tax on beverage containers is more fair than a three-cent-per-ounce tax on sugary drinks because it would […]

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Op-Ed: Kenney Broke His Campaign Promises to Minorities and the Poor

(Editor’s note: This is an opinion column from guest writer Nelson Diaz. Diaz is a former Common Pleas judge and former general counsel for the […]

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We Want Answers: Harold Honickman, Soda-Tax Opponent

The soda lobby has spent at least $1.7 million fighting Mayor Kenney’s proposed soda tax, which might actually pass next month. Why the effort? Is the […]

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Reynolds Brown: My Container Tax Is Less Regressive Than Kenney’s Soda Tax

Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown introduced a bill on Thursday that would create a 15-cent tax on beverage containers, as an alternative to Mayor Jim Kenney’s plan to tax soda […]

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Councilwoman Wants to Tax Containers Instead of Soda

Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown will introduce a bill on Thursday levying a tax on beverage containers as an alternative to Mayor Jim Kenney’s proposed soda […]

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Where Does Darrell Clarke Stand on the Soda Tax? And Does it Matter?

Before City Council’s weekly meeting last Thursday, Council President Darrell Clarke apparently told Newsworks that he thought a three-cents-per-ounce tax on soda — which Mayor […]

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PHOTOS: Soda-Tax Opponents Rally at City Hall

Nothing like a caravan of tractor trailers laying on their horns and blocking traffic to strike sympathy in the hearts of passersby. On Wednesday afternoon, […]