soda tax

Nicole Westerman
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Pat Loeb
July 14, 2019 - 6:00 am
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — A key piece of Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney's vision for renovating city parks, recreation centers and libraries will fall into place this week when city officials unveil apprenticeship programs aimed at providing union jobs for people who have, historically, had a...
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A sweetened beverage tax sign.
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Pat Loeb
May 14, 2019 - 11:56 am
PHILADELPHIA (AP/KYW Newsradio) — A new study bolsters evidence that soda taxes can reduce sales, but whether they influence health remains unclear. The research found that Philadelphia's 2017 tax led to a 38 percent decline in sugary soda and diet drink sales that year, even when taking into...
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Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown has withdrawn as a co-sponsor of the bill to reduce the sweetened beverage tax.
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Pat Loeb
March 21, 2019 - 5:29 pm
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Philadelphia City Council passed a resolution to study the impact of the soda tax Thursday, but not before heated debate among council members as the tax remains a volatile subject in council. While several soda tax supporters said they were voting for the study...
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Various bottles of soda are displayed in a cooler.
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Pat Loeb
March 14, 2019 - 3:14 pm
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — City Council received a bill Thursday that would change the sweetened beverage tax. The bill's sponsors are soda tax opponents, so it's assumed the bill would reduce or phase out the tax — but the bill doesn't specify how the tax would change. The prime sponsor of the...
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Bill Greenlee
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Pat Loeb
February 11, 2019 - 1:47 pm
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Another Philadelphia City Council incumbent has decided not to run for re-election. Bill Greenlee has announced that he will leave Council at the end of this term. Greenlee has been a councilman since 2006 but has worked for City Council since 1980, so he says it was...
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Mayor Jim Kenney
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Pat Loeb
January 30, 2019 - 5:11 pm
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney says he's sad about the federal indictment of his childhood neighbor and political ally John Dougherty, and that neither he nor his administration is in any way involved in the charges. Kenney says he'll continue to take campaign...
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The CEO of the chain that owns several area supermarkets is closing the ShopRite store in West Philadelphia, several blocks from the suburbs, blaming Philadelphia's soda tax. The city and supporters of the beverage tax question his motives.
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Flashpoint
January 11, 2019 - 4:00 am
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Brown's Superstores recently announced it would be closing its Overbrook ShopRite, blaming the city's soda tax. In response, Mayor Jim Kenney had strong words for the company's CEO. Jeff Brown fires back on this weekend's Flashpoint. When Brown's Superstores CEO Jeff...
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Mayor Jim Kenney toured Inside Your Child's World, a preschool in Elmwood.
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Mike Dougherty
January 04, 2019 - 1:34 pm
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Mayor Jim Kenney and city officials are celebrating the second birthday of free pre-K in the city. He's taken a lot of heat over the soda tax, which funds the program, and says it's all worth it because of the progress he's seeing. On Friday, Kenney toured Inside Your...
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The CEO of the chain that owns several area supermarkets is closing the ShopRite store in West Philadelphia, several blocks from the suburbs, blaming Philadelphia's soda tax. The city and supporters of the beverage tax question his motives.
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Mike Dougherty
January 03, 2019 - 1:33 pm
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — A Shop Rite in West Philadelphia is closing, and supermarket owner Jeff Brown blames the soda tax for a drop in sales. Mayor Jim Kenney isn't buying that excuse. "Jeff Brown is a crybaby, basically," Kenney said. "He lives in a double-wide mansion on Rittenhouse...
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The CEO of the chain that owns several area supermarkets is closing the ShopRite store in West Philadelphia, several blocks from the suburbs, blaming Philadelphia's soda tax. The city and supporters of the beverage tax question his motives.
Steve Tawa/KYW Newsradio
Steve Tawa
January 02, 2019 - 7:41 pm
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The CEO of a chain of more than a dozen ShopRites and Fresh Grocer supermarkets in the region, including seven in the city, is closing a ShopRite in West Philadelphia, blaming the tax on soda and sweetened beverages. But the city and supporters of the beverage tax...
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