Soda Tax


Bloomberg May Give Even More to Support Philly Soda Tax

The Inquirer is reporting this morning that Michael Bloomberg, the super-wealthy media mogul and three-term mayor of New York City, has thrown an undisclosed amount […]


Op-Ed: Bernie Sanders Is Wrong About the Soda Tax

(Editor’s note: This is an opinion column from guest writer Randi Weingarten, written in response to an op-ed by U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders. Weingarten is […]


Bernie Sanders Op-Ed: A Soda Tax Would Hurt Philly’s Low-Income Families

(Editor’s note: This is an opinion column from guest writer Bernie Sanders. Sanders is a Democratic presidential candidate and U.S. senator representing Vermont. Pennsylvania’s primary is […]


Bernie Sanders Says Kenney’s Soda Tax Is “Regressive”

Overnight, Mayor Jim Kenney’s proposed soda tax has inexplicably become a presidential issue. On Wednesday, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton came out in support of the […]


Kenney’s Soda Tax Gets a Big-Name Supporter: Hillary Clinton

The war over Mayor Jim Kenney’s proposal to tax sweetened beverages is fierce. The soda lobby is spending at least $1.5 million to oppose his plan, and Council members are raising pointed questions about it. Meanwhile, a […]


Most Philly Voters Support a Soda Tax, Says Kenney Poll*

Fifty-seven percent of Philadelphia voters supported a soda tax last fall, according to a poll conducted for Jim Kenney’s mayoral campaign at the time. Forty percent opposed it. That gives […]


What You Could Talk About Over a $380 Coffee with Mayor Kenney

Mayor Jim Kenney is an expensive date. Friends of Chester Arthur, a nonprofit that benefits Chester A. Arthur School in the Southwest Center City/G-Ho/Anderson Yards […]

Be Well Philly

Would This New Philly Policy Get You to Ditch Your Soda Addiction?

Our friends over on Citified have been keeping folks up to date on what’s going on with of Mayor Jim Kenney’s proposed soda tax, which would add […]


Officials: Philly’s Sugary Drink Sales Will Drop by 55% Under Kenney’s Tax

That’s a lot fewer Big Gulps. Under Mayor Jim Kenney’s proposed soda tax, officials estimate that sugary drink sales in Philadelphia would drop by 55 percent next year. […]


The Chamber of Commerce Isn’t Attacking Kenney’s Soda Tax — That’s Huge

Mayor Jim Kenney delivered his first budget address Thursday, in which he argued that City Council should pass a soda tax in order to expand pre-K, overhaul […]


Wait, Were Officials Trying to Limit Public Access to Kenney’s Budget Address?

Was there a plan afoot to make Mayor Jim Kenney’s budget address a VIP-only event? On Tuesday, an aide for City Council President Darrell Clarke […]


Kenney: Soda Tax Could Raise $400 Million for Pre-K, Parks, Jobs

Mayor Jim Kenney says his proposed soda tax could bring in $400 million over five years — money that would be used to fund universal […]


Sources: Kenney to Propose a Soda Tax

City Hall sources tell Citified that Mayor Jim Kenney is going to propose a soda tax next week at his first budget address. We don’t know […]

City Life

Did Mayor Nutter Win the War on Soda?

Good morning, Philadelphia. Here’s what you need to know today. The FBI has warned Philly-area colleges about a threat of violence today. Philly Mag’s Victor […]


How the Beverage Lobby Quietly Killed the Soda Tax in Philly, Again

Much in the same way that the best lawyers kill lawsuits before they ever make it to trial, the best lobbyists kill legislation before it is […]