Soda Tax Passes; Philadelphia Is First Big City In Nation To Enact One

"Looking to raise millions for a bold expansion of early childhood education, Philadelphia City Council on Thursday approved a 1.5-cent-per-ounce tax on sugar-sweetened and diet beverages, the first such tax imposed in a major U.S. city.

The 13-4 vote put to bed months of speculation and at-times-bitter negotiations, but also ensured that the national spotlight will stay turned on Philadelphia for months, if not years.

Critics quickly vowed a court challenge. And as the city introduces the unprecedented levy - and its economic and public-health effects come into view - experts, advocates, and legislators will surely be watching closely."

Tricia L. Nadolny reports for the Philadelphia Inquirer June 16, 2016.


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Source: Philadelphia Inquirer, 06/17/2016