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City Council passes soda tax to fund pre-K and other programs

Jim Kenney’s first big move as Philly mayor is his proposed soda tax. The 1.5-cents-per-ounce tax on sugary beverages would also include things like iced tea and sports drinks, but not diet soda. Critics say the tax is regressive, and would hit the city’s lowest income residents hardest. The tax would go toward new initiatives like universal pre-K, but also toward the city’s fund balance.

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