Philadelphia Soda Tax Approved By City Council Committee

Posted on June 9, 2016 | Forbes by 

Looks like third time’s the charm when it comes to Philadelphia’s soda tax.

After two failed efforts in the past decade, a Philadelphia City Council committee passed an amended version of Mayor Jim Kenney’s sugary drink tax proposal on Wednesday evening. The measure is expected to pass a final City Council vote next Thursday.

Philadelphia is on track to become the second locale in the nation and the first large U.S. city to adopt a soda tax of at least a penny per ounce. To date, only Berkeley, California has implemented such a tax. The soda industry has fought and killed at least a dozen tax proposals in locations like New York State, California, Maine, San Francisco and Telluride, Colorado.

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