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Philadelphia makes a splash with first soda tax in major US city

by LiveModern Webmaster last modified Jun 18, 2016 01:05 AM
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by Cat DiStasio last modified Jun 17, 2016

Philadelphia is making a splash this week as the first major city in the United States to enact a “soda tax,” a levy assessed on sugar-sweetened and diet beverages. Thursday, the City Council voted 13-4 vote to approve the levy after months of tough negotiations, and harsh criticism from the beverage industry. Mayor Jim Kenney touts the new soda tax as a victory, telling the levy is a step toward "changing the narrative of poverty in our city." The new soda tax, which...






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