Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

The Philly Beverage Tax Plan Isn't So Sweet

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

The Philly Beverage Tax Plan Isn't So Sweet

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Your editorial "Sweet Tax: Philly's Levy on Sugary Drinks Would Help Children" (April 4) failed to address how the city of Philadelphia's proposal to tax a wide range of beverages would harm ordinary Philadelphia families, small businesses and workers.

At 3 cents per ounce, the tax would double the cost of many beverages such as juices, teas and sports drinks. Consider that the new tax on a 2-liter bottle would be $2.04, which is more than the actual cost of the product.

Businesses simply cannot absorb a tax of this magnitude and would have no choice but to pass all of it onto consumers. Low-income families would be hit the hardest as they would be forced to spend a larger portion of their hard-earned money to pay for the additional tax.

A discriminatory tax on beverages would also hurt Philadelphia businesses - from restaurants to convenience stores to grocery stores. …

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