The city wanted to bring in more money, in part for early childhood education. But such taxes are disproportionately paid by the poor.
The substitution effect is real.
The national soda tax may be a small but telling example of how Tanden views policy making.
For the children, of course
Proposed Anti-Soda Bills in California Would Ban Big Gulps, Mandate Warning Labels on Vending Machines
State legislators are preparing to take the nanny state to the next level
Indicted union boss John "Johnny Doc" Dougherty ordered the soda tax passed to hurt the city's Teamsters union, federal prosecutors say.
The city's Staple Food Ordinance mandates that stores carry products customers don't want.
Don't blame progressive city leaders for this increase.
Will Philly soda tax win cause local food taxes to "bubble up," or could it spur still more states to squash local food taxes?
The State Supreme Court won't overturn the tax, so lawmakers should do it instead.
California's governor signed a bill no one likes in order to keep taxpayers from having a say.
The government is taking an increased interest in your dining decisions.
Similar taxes in other cities have led to lost jobs and without bringing in the expected revenue.
Budget chaos at the state level isn't helping.
It's one of a growing number of misguided anti-soda laws around the country.
A similar tax was roundly rejected in Santa Fe this week.
Philadelphia Says Soda Tax Revenue Exceeded Projections in February, While Pepsi Stops Offering Two Liter Bottles, Six-Packs
The city wants to borrow $300 million based on how much it thinks it'll raise from the tax.
With Sales Depressed by Soda Tax, Philly Grocers Look to Cut Jobs as Mayor Blames 'Greedy' Soda Industry
One of the city's largest beverage distributors is planning to cut 20 percent of its workforce; grocery stores across the city are also planning to shed jobs.
Skyrocketing costs, financial crisis make the Land of Lincoln very thirsty.
Businesses are passing along the cost of the tax to consumers, because that's how taxes work. Someone get Jim Kenney an economics textbook.
That won't stop other cities and states from trying to duplicate the dubious policy.
Models versus reality.
Cook County, Boulder, San Francisco, Oakland, and Albany, California, join Berkeley and Philadelphia in penalizing soft drink consumers.
WHO's proposal that countries enact steep fees globally is wrong and unjustified.
Despite promises from activists and lawmakers, it won't help low-income consumers.
The city council rejected regressive paternalism in favor of a simple money grab.
Mayor Jim Kenney freely admits it's a way for the city to make money.
Nanny tendencies overcome promise not to raise taxes on the less wealthy.
Of soda taxes and minimum wages.
Probably not, but The New York Times is eager to credit politicians.
Soda tax moralizers are easy to find, but where are our sweetened-beverage bootleggers?