Will the new Philly City Council take on Kenney’s soda tax? It’s doubtful | Analysis
By Michael D’Onofrio PHILADELPHIA — Despite calls for change, the outgoing Philadelphia City Council never managed to chip away at Mayor Jim Kenney’s soda tax. Separate efforts by Council members María Quiñones-Sánchez and Allan Domb to conduct studies and hold hearings on the 1.5-cent-per-ounce sweetened beverage tax never materialized before the end of this City […]
Report: Philly Mayor Kenney’s office bottled up $134.6M in unspent soda tax revenue
The 1.5-cent-per-ounce soda tax is supposed to pay for pre-kindergarten, Community Schools, and an infrastructure program to improve recreation centers, libraries, parks and other public spaces, known as Rebuild.
Study: Philly shoppers bear brunt of soda tax, buy fewer sweetened drinks
Reseachers found that Philadelphia retailers passed on 105 percent of the 1.5-cent-per-ounce tax to consumers, that's driven down sales and consumption.