Philadelphia, Pa. city council rejected Mayor Nutter's sugary drink tax while saying yes to the third property tax hike in three years, according to WPVI-TV in Philadelphia, Pa. The Tri-State Automatic Merchandising Association lobbied the city council against the measure.
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Editor’s Insight: Congratulations to the Tri-State Automatic Merchandising Association for its successful efforts to prevent an unfair tax. This proposal was a regressive tax; the burden would have fallen disproportionately on low income residents at a time when they can least afford it.
Government entities at all levels are facing budget shortfalls and looking for new sources of revenue. Industry organizations are needed to protect their constituents from unfair taxes. 06-28-11 by Elliot Maras