Fmr Mayor John Street is critical of Nutter’s soda & trash tax proposals

    A former Philadelphia mayor is speaking out against Mayor Nutter’s controversial budget proposals.
    Former Mayor John Street came to City Council to hear Mayor Nutter’s budget proposal, saying the proposed trash fee and sugar sweetened beverage taxes were not the way to balance the budget.

    A former Philadelphia mayor is speaking out against Mayor Nutter’s controversial budget proposals.  WHYY’s Tom MacDonald reports

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    Former Mayor John Street came to City Council to hear Mayor Nutter’s budget proposal, saying the proposed trash fee and sugar sweetened beverage taxes were not the way to balance the budget.

    “when you put a $300 tax on regular everyday poor working people and say you got to pay this to get your trash picked up I think that’s a real problem.  The bottle of Coke costs a dollar eighty nine cents the tax would be a $1.34 for  67 ounces that’s a 70 percent tax.”

    During his budget address Mayor Michael Nutter said times are tough, and he had to make difficult choices to avoid major service cuts.

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