Following Philly's lead, soda taxes approved in four more cities

Posted on November 9, 2016 | Philly.com by Don Sapatkin

Voters in San Francisco and three other cities overwhelmingly approved by-the-ounce soda taxes, upgrading Philadelphia's status overnight from outlier to soothsayer in a trend that proponents hope will establish a new kind of sin tax.

Philadelphia five months ago became the first big city to approve a sweetened-beverage tax, set at 1.5 cents an ounce. 

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