Uncertainty Over Impact Of Philly Soda Tax

Sept. 22, 2017

The Inquirer reports that Philadelphia Mayor James Kenney’s administration announced earlier this week that wage tax collections suggest that the beverage industry has not lost jobs due to the sweetened beverage tax. However, Controller Alan Butkovitz argued that the numbers were not detailed enough to prove that jobs were not lost. Butkovitz added that the beverage tax would not have even been necessary if the city had not decreased the wage tax.