News Philadelphia passes soda tax

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    Philadelphia has become the second city in the U.S. to pass a tax on sodas.

    The Philadelphia City council voted to levy a 1.5 cents per-ounce tax on all sugar-added and artificially sweetened soft drinks. The tax will mean an additional 18 cents on cans of soda, $1.08 for a six-pack and $1.02 for a two-liter bottle.

    Mayor Jim Kenney praised the passage of the measure.

    "Philadelphia made a historic investment in our neighborhoods and in our education system today. I commend City Council for working with these community leaders to make quality, affordable pre-K, community schools and systemic improvements to parks, rec centers and libraries a reality," he said.

    The soda tax will be on top of an existing 8 percent sales tax on beverages. It will go into effect Jan. 1, 2017 and is expected to generate about $91 million a year for municipal coffers with proceeds going towards expansion of pre-K programs, park and recreation offerings and the city's general fund.

    Retailers that sell other less-sugary beverages will be eligible for tax credits and drinks that contain more than 50 percent fruit juice, vegetable juice or milk are exempt from the tax, according to the mayor's office.

    The American Beverage Association, which represents Coca-Cola and Pepsi, among others, is vowing to fight the tax.

    "When the government and public health officials rely on a tax as a solution to addressing obesity they are sending the message to consumers that elimination of one ingredient or one product will solve their health issues. But many in the public health community know this to be false," the organization said in a written statement.

    Philadelphia is the second city in the U.S. to tax soda. In 2014, Berkley, California became the first city in the country to levy a soft drink tax. Voters in Oakland, California and Boulder, Colorado will be deciding on a similar tax this fall.

    http://www.al.com/news/index.ssf/2016/06/philadelphia_passes_soda_tax.html
     
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    That's great because now they will lower a different tax since they have more money coming in!!!!
     
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    It's not just a "soda tax", it's actually a beverage tax. It's any beverage with sugar or sweeteners added. So even a diet iced tea is taxed. They are having trouble paying the bills so they singled out an industry and decided to tax it.
     
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    I see the Juice lobby all over this one!
     
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    Next they're coming for you bacon, fuckers!
     
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    All this will do is hurt lower middle class and minorities. Upper class people will just drive outside the city to a suburb Walmart to buy their soda.
     
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    People of Philly will go to the burbs to buy their 12 packs of diet coke now.
     
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    Too many smokers dying off to sustain graft and embezzling gubmint?
     
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    That's so stupid. The entire argument is thrown in the terlit if you tax diet iced teas and drinks with Splenda.
     
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    Welcome to the Beetus tax :jj:
     
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    Grover Cleveland never would have stood for this :grad:
     
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    The poor and minorities are about the only ones who drink that crap.
     
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    those slimy motherfuckers better not lay a finger on my bacon!!!! :cuss:
     
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    I'm drinking a coke right now :jj:

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    I have one on occasion. The Mexican kind. :D
     
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    I like diet 7-UP clean and crisp like the bald black man says.
     
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    If it's fun and tasty, it's in line for new taxes! Bet on it!
     
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