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A Natural Experiment For Philadelphia’s Soda Tax

Via Political Calculations blog, The city of Philadelphia's controversial soda tax is providing a lot of material for serious scientists to evaluate the effects of arbitrarily imposing a tax on the distribution of a range of naturally and artificially-sweetened beverages. Since we're near the end of the tax's first year of being in effect, we […]

Toxic Food Is Killing Humanity And is Now A Leading Cause Of Death

The saying “you are what you eat” may have much more meaning now than it ever has in the past. Toxic food is killing humanity, and one-fifth of all deaths are now linked to processed foods. It may not be cheap to eat good food, but it’s certainly better for your body. A new study […]

How Obamacare Fuels The Obesity Epidemic

Authored by Duane Norman via Free Market Shooter blog, Recently, the CDC announced that America has made a new high; not in the stock market, but in obesity rates: A troubling new report released Friday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that almost 40 percent of American adults and nearly 20 percent […]

Grab A Beer Philadelphia, The Soda Is Too Damn Expensive

Via SovereignMan.com, What happened: Turns out when soda cost the same as beer, people choose to drink beer. That is what is happening in Philadelphia. The city’s 1.5 cent per ounce tax on soda has made beer a cheaper option. But that isn’t the only effect of the ill conceived plan to raise revenue. The tax didn’t […]

Philly’s Soda Tax Is Shaping Up To Be An Epic Flop

Authored by Ernest Owens via PhillyMag.com, It’s been six months since the city’s soda tax (or, more accurately, the sugary beverage tax) was implemented — and it’s off to a rocky start. The city is currently $20 million short of its projected $46 million goal to close out the 2017 fiscal year, and based on […]

Seattle Follows San Francisco, Philadelphia In Passing Job-Killing Soda Tax

Following in the footsteps of Boulder, Philadelphia, Oakland and San Francisco, Seattle has approved its own version of a job-killing soda tax. In a 7-1 vote with one councilmember absent, the Seattle City Council passed the tax on soda distributors by an overwhelming margin. The council ultimately agreed on a tax rate of $1.75 per […]

Seattle Mayor Wants To Tax Diet Soda To Fight “White Privileged Institutionalized Racism”

Back in February, Seattle’s Mayor Ed Murray called for a 2 cent per ounce tax on sugary soft drinks in order to “improve Seattle’s educational opportunities for students of color.”  Per Lynx Media, the tax was expected to raise some $16 million per year. Of course, when someone on his staff pointed out that a […]

Philly Beverage Tax Blowback: Coca Cola Sales Plunge 32%

Just a month after PepsiCo said it would lay off 80-100 people due to the 'unintended consequences' of Philadelphia's new soda-tax, Philly Coke, the local Coca-Cola bottler, has cut 40 jobs amid a 32% plunge in sales. Since all of this is taking place as previewed in a recent post: "The 'Soda Police' Just Learned […]

Pepsi Lays Off 20% Of Its Philadelphia Workers, Blames Soda Tax

Two weeks ago, we pointed out that when Philadelphia became the first US city to pass a soda tax last summer, city officials were eagerly looking forward to the surplus-tax funded windfall to plug gaping budget deficits (and, since this is Philadelphia, the occasional embezzlement scheme). Then, one month ago, after the tax went into […]