Guests: Jim Engler, Lauran Vidas, Jason Block, and Jacob Weisberg
Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney wants to pass a soda tax to draw revenue to fund his ambitious plans, including pre-K. Could such a tax change how much soda people drink? And is it a good idea to use such a tax to pay for city services? We’ll talk about these questions and more with JIM ENGLER, the Deputy Mayor of Policy and Legislation for the city of Philadelphia and LAUREN VIDAS, an attorney who represents the Philadelphia Beverage Association and the group Philadelphians Against Higher Grocery Taxes. And we’ll take a look at the research that’s already been done on soda taxes and other efforts to regulate food consumption with JASON BLOCK, an Assistant Professor and Associate Director of the Obesity Prevention Program of the Department of Population Medicine at Harvard Medical School/Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute. Then we’ll hear from JACOB WEISBERG, chairman and editor-in-chief of The Slate Group, on the life and legacy of First Lady Nancy Reagan.