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.
John’s Roast Pork (et al) v. the City of Philadelphia is an actual court case.
Why do sin taxes typically impact the poor to a greater a degree?
“I could give you the answer everybody does that every lawsuit is important,” Sozi Tulante says. “But some are more important than the others.”
Kenney came out against dark money ahead of last year’s mayoral primary. A nonprofit that advocated for the soda tax used dark funds, though.
“We know way more about bottled water and soda consumption than we ever imagined.”
Here’s a breakdown of how every Councilperson voted and their explanation for why.
This was never just about Philly. Now, cities across America have our city to look at for soda tax inspiration.
The 1.5-cent-per-ounce tax on sugary beverages and diet sodas doesn’t go into effect until Jan. 1, 2017.