Philadelphia mayor Jim Kenney – a man who makes Michael Bloomberg look like Ted Cruz – pushed the city into the spotlight again, and as always, it was not in a good way. Kenney implemented America’s first beverage tax; a fee which was initially proposed for sugary drinks, then modified to cover almost every beverage imaginable.
Looking to raise millions for a bold expansion of early childhood education, Philadelphia City Council approved a 1.5-cent-per-ounce tax on sugar-sweetened and diet beverages, the first such tax imposed in a major U.S. city.
There are many cities with corrupt Democrat political machines, but not one of them were idiotic enough to impose a beverage tax.
The tax will hit thousands of products – essentially anything bottled, canned, or from a fountain with either sugar or artificial sweetener added, with a few exceptions.
One exception included Kenney’s love interest: alcohol.
It is expected to raise about $91 million annually to be spent on expanding prekindergarten programs in the city; creating community schools; improving parks, recreation centers, and libraries; and offering a tax credit for businesses that sell healthy beverages.
You right-wing kooks simply don’t understand. The tax is for the children! Because nothing makes more sense than funneling money into Philadelphia’s most corrupt, mismanaged public education system; a system which already receives more than its fair share of funding from the commonwealth.
The other irony is the poors will be the hardest hit. Inner city residents purchase more soda than others, so they will suffer financially.
The levy… was supported by all but Council’s three Republicans, David Oh, Brian J. O’Neill, and Al Taubenberger, and Democrat Maria Quiñones-Sanchez.
Unlike the national GOP, Philadelphia’s Republican politicians – what few there are – always oppose tax increases.
Philadelphia’s tax will be levied on distributors. Only time will tell how much will trickle down to consumers. The tax could add up to 18 cents to the cost of a 12-ounce can, $1 to the cost of a 2-liter container, and $2.16 to the cost of a 12-pack. It will affect sodas, teas, sports drinks, flavored waters, bottled coffees, energy drinks, and other products.
Are you kidding? Every single beverage company which does business with this town has already calculated their customers’ post-tax markup. Corporations are not in business to lose money, you dolts!
Mayor *hic* Kenney initially proposed this tax for sugary drinks, claiming his priority was the health and well-being of the citizens. That is an obvious lie, because he added diet sodas to the mix. Now follow the liberal logic here. Kenney states he is taxing people to modify their behaviors. Okay, so what happens when his goal is reached, and people stop buying soda altogether? The revenue stream dries up, and teh chidrens lose their preschool. Do you see the idiocy of Kenney’s master plan?
Thankfully, I live two miles away from the city limits, so on January 1, I will be doing my beverage shopping at the Bensalem Shop Rite.