Philly’s beverage tax hurts!
It’s time to Ax the Bev Tax!
Despite opposition from the majority of Philadelphia residents and businesses, the beverage tax is now in effect as of January 1, 2017 – and Philadelphians are taking a stand!
Philadelphia’s 1.5 cents-per-ounce beverage tax isn’t just a tax on soda, it’s a tax on flavored juice, almond milk, bottled coffees and teas, coconut water, sports drinks, and even diet beverages.
Working families cannot afford the tax. Many residents are going outside of the city to buy goods, which has resulted in a decrease in sales. Small businesses are losing loyal customers and residents are struggling to pay for everyday items. For example, a 6-pack of diet green tea that would typically cost $4.99, now costs $6.07. Two-liter beverages have gone up a dollar, and the cost of a 12-pack of beverages has increased by more than $2.00!
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Supporters of regressive soda tax never learned 2016 election's lesson
While the Republican Party swept Pennsylvania on a message of jobs and growth, our Democrats are falling back on the failed politics of the past. A case in point is Philly Mayor Jim Kenney’s hallmark policy: a regressive beverage tax that falls most heavily on the working poor.