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  1. Philadelphia could become 1st major US city with soda tax

Philadelphia could become 1st major US city with soda tax

Philadelphia could soon become the first major U.S. city to adopt a tax on sugary drinks.

By: | Philadelphia | Published: June 8, 2016 11:54 PM
Mayor Jim Kenny The soda industry has fought the proposal with millions of dollars in advertising. (AP)

Philadelphia could soon become the first major U.S. city to adopt a tax on sugary drinks.

Mayor Jim Kenney proposed a 3-cent-an-ounce tax on soda and other sugary beverages to pay for universal prekindergarten, community schools and park improvements.

The City Council is scheduled to take a key vote Wednesday on what is expected to be a compromise measure.

The soda industry has fought the proposal with millions of dollars in advertising.

Some critics have said the tax would hit the poor the hardest.

The first-term mayor contends the poor would be among its main beneficiaries.

Philadelphia has twice failed in the past decade to pass a soda tax.

New York and San Francisco have also been unsuccessful.

Berkeley, California, was the first U.S. city to approve such a tax.

 

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