Philadelphia is 1st major American city with soda tax

June 17, 2016
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Philadelphia joined Berkely, both cities are taxing now the soda beverage. Actually, Philadelphia City Council gave final approval to a 1.5 cent-per-ounce tax on sugary and diet beverages. Despite a multimillion-dollar campaign by the beverage industry to block it, the law passed. 

On January 1st, 2017 the soda tax is set to take effect in Philadelphia, and everyone remembers that in this city was sold the absolutely new flavored carbonated beverage. The tax is 1.5 cent-per-ounce on sugary and diet beverages, such a method aimed at decreasing the unhealthy soda consumption among city inhabitants.

According to Dem.c Mayor Jim Kenney, there’s plan how to invest tax revenue, $90 million will cover pay for prekindergarten, community schools, and recreation centers. The American Beverage Association called the soda tax “discriminatory and highly unpopular.” Its statement says: “The tax passed today is a regressive tax that unfairly singles out beverages, including low- and no-calorie choices.” it said a statement.

‘Let Philadelphia be healthier and richer’ — it’s an aegis of Mayor’s campaign against raising the consumption of unhealthy soda beverages. According to the statistics, 68 percent of adults and 41 percent of children are obese now. The new tax will start collecting on January 1, 2017, and planned to be included in the fiscal budget that starts July 1.

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