The Soda Tax

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Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter has proposed a 2-cents-per-ounce tax on sugar-sweetened beverages, including soda, energy drinks, ice tea, and chocolate milk. Nutter says the so-called “soda tax” will raise revenue for the budget and combat the obesity epidemic. But while public health experts cheer, the beverage industry, union members, and store and restaurant owners are up in arms, arguing that this tax is bad for business. Philadelphia’s Deputy Mayor of Health Donald Schwarz comes in to discuss the proposed tax. And we’ll talk with Councilwoman Maria Quinones Sanchez about her opposition to the tax.

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