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Nutter Still Pushing For Soda Tax

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – It will be a day of intense negotiations in City Hall, as Mayor Nutter and council members grapple with how to help solve the School District’s financial woes. Nutter, for his part, is pushing for a soda tax but local bottlers are pushing back.

The beverage industry says Mayor Nutter’s plan for a two-pennies per ounce soda tax will cost jobs and perhaps drive some bottlers out of the city. But school advocates argue that the district desperately needs city council to provide additional funding.

Nutter says beyond a soda tax, the only choice is a property tax increase.

“We only have, as best I can tell, a couple of real options that generate the kind of revenues that would be needed.”

Councilman Curtis Jones says Council, caught between the bottlers and the school supporters, is far from an agreement.

“We’re closer,” Jones explained. “I think there’s a lot of work to be done in the interim.”

Nutter says a soda tax would bring in $60 million to the district.

Reported by Mike Dunn, KYW Newsradio

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  • MaltyDog

    Bring on the stupid sada tax, i’m sick of my dang property taxes going up every 6 months!

  • Ted

    The funny thing is that technically over 98% of the “sugary” sodas he wants to tax have no sugar in them. They have high fructose corn syrup instead which is much more harmful than sugar.

    He should tax sodas which contain HFCS and leave the ones with sugar alone as they are already more expensive (and healthier) than Coca-Cola or Pepsi products.

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