sweetened beverage tax

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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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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Mayor Kenney with pre-K students
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Pat Loeb
September 06, 2018 - 12:21 pm
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- Philadelphia's pre-K program will add 250 seats, right away, thanks to the final settlement of a lawsuit over the tax that pays for it. The good news is tempered by the delays in the expansion of the program. As originally envisioned, Philadelphia's pre-K program...
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Pat Loeb
July 18, 2018 - 10:25 am
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has delivered its long-awaited decision on Philadelphia's sweetened beverage tax, in favor of the city. It's been two years since City Council passed the 1.5 cent-per-ounce tax on sweetened beverages and a year and a half since it began...
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Left: City attorney Mark Aronchick. Right: Harold Honickman, one of the city's largest private bottlers.
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Pat Loeb
May 15, 2018 - 2:53 pm
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The two-year legal battle over Philadelphia’s sweetened beverage tax entered its final stage as the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania (SCOPA) heard conflicting arguments from attorneys for the city and the beverage industry over whether the tax violates state law. The...
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Pat Loeb
May 14, 2018 - 8:31 pm
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The fate of Philadelphia's sweetened beverage tax rests with arguments scheduled for Tuesday in the state Supreme Court. Nearly two years since the tax passed City Council after a hard-fought campaign, the city is still waiting for a final ruling on the tax's legality...
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