Thursday, June 16, 2016

Sugar Nannies

The soda tax comes to Philly:
The 13-4 vote put to bed months of speculation and at-times tense negotiations, but also ensured the national spotlight will stay turned to Philadelphia for months, if not years, to come. Critics quickly vowed to fight it in court. And as Mayor Kenney rolls out the unprecedented levy -- and its economic and public health impacts come into view -- experts, advocates and legislators will surely be watching closely.

"Thanks to the tireless advocacy of educators, parents, rec center volunteers and so many others, Philadelphia made a historic investment in our neighborhoods and in our education system today," Kenney said in a statement after the vote. "Today would not have been possible without everyone coming together in support of a fair future for every zipcode."

The tax will hit thousands of products, essentially anything bottled, canned or from a fountain with either sugar or artificial sweetener added, save for a few exceptions.
Philadelphia freedom? Not so much now...

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