Philadelphia advances soda tax

Posted on June 9, 2016 | Politico by Ian Kullgren

The big question is whether Philly would open the floodgates for local governments looking for revenue. Jim Krieger, executive director of Healthy Food America, a Seattle-based health group that supports such taxes, said more locales are likely to follow: “Philadelphia is showing communities across the country that taxes on sugary drinks are a viable way to recoup industry profits for important community priorities, alert residents to health harms from excessive sugar and start to turn the tide against them.”

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