Ax the Bev Tax

Don't be fooled. Get the facts.

CLAIM: “If you don’t want to buy [taxed beverages], don’t buy it, and if you want to go buy it in th

FACT: Actually, the mayor is right on this one. Since his regressive tax was put in place, beverage sales have dropped by up to 50 percent in Philadelphia, and increased by about 20 percent in nearby suburban communities. Those sales declines are why businesses are being forced to cut hours and lay off employees – and the mayor is encouraging people to continue shopping outside the city, which will only make the problem worse. Or, as a recent Washington Times editorial noted: “If His Honor had not slept through Econ 101, he would have learned that taxes and other costs of doing business are always passed on to consumers. Money grows on trees only at City Hall.”

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