Sweetened beverage tax hurting workers, businesses in Philadelphia

Sweetened beverage tax hurting workers, businesses in Philadelphia

For decades, Acme food markets have been a staple to the Philadelphia area’s identity. With locations in the city expanding to the suburbs over decades, employing thousands of workers, they’ve even earned perhaps the highest honor for the region: a special pronunciation from the natives of South Philly, who buy groceries at the “Hack-a-me”.

It seems fitting the company has become a major battleground over the city’s sweetened beverage tax. According to Jim Perkins, who oversees the region’s operations, the tax has hurt city stores, cutting into sales, profits, and workers’ hours.

 

Wednesday, May 1, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
Tags: Soda Tax
Council passes resolution to reconsider “soda tax”

Council passes resolution to reconsider “soda tax”

Philadelphia City Council passed a resolution Thursday calling for a re-examination of the city’s tax on sweetened beverages.

Councilmember Maria Quinones Sanchez (D-District 7) introduced the resolution last week, suggesting a new study to determine if the tax is being properly enforced and potentially lowering the 1.5 cent per ounce levy. It has raised tens of millions for education and park improvements, but critics note it disproportionately impacts lower-income residents and small business owners who sell these products in neighborhood stores.

Thursday, March 21, 2019/Author: Anonym
Categories: Philadelphia
Tags: Soda Tax
Mayor, Controller quarrel over soda tax report

Mayor, Controller quarrel over soda tax report

A report released Tuesday by the Philadelphia City Controller on soda tax revenue has re-opened debate over the spending and motivation of the controversial measure. When the report raised concerns on how the money is being held before allocation, the city’s administration defended their methodology and made some accusations of their own.

The Controller’s office reported the total revenue from the tax since its inception in 2017 at $137 million through September 2018, the start of fiscal year 2019 on programs, while over $101 million remained in the General Fund. 
Wednesday, December 12, 2018/Author: Anonym
VIDEO: 3 under 3!

VIDEO: 3 under 3!

Check out this week's three events in under three minutes. From possible new overtime rules to voting safety to Philadelphia's soda tax being upheld.
Friday, July 20, 2018/Author: Kara Barmoy
Categories: Video
While reserving room for legislative action, state Supreme Court upholds Philly soda tax

While reserving room for legislative action, state Supreme Court upholds Philly soda tax

While leaving open future action from the state legislature, the Pennsylvania State Supreme Court upheld Philadelphia’s soda tax Wednesday.

The tax, signed into law in 2016, was levied by the city to fund additional education investments. It was then challenged by restaurant industry groups and local business people as a violation of a 1932 state law that granted the city the right to tax anything without a state levy.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018/Author: Stephen Caruso
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