15 Months In, Philly Still Plagued With Soda Tax Uncertainties

Law360 (March 9, 2018, 7:38 PM EST) -- It’s been 15 months since the city of Philadelphia enacted its sweetened beverage tax, and there looks to be no end in sight to the fighting and fallout that have plagued it from the outset, thanks to lower-than-expected tax revenue as well as court battles.

The latest shot came after Mayor Jim Kenney announced March 1 that revenues were running about 15 percent less than expected, a development that not only crimps the programs the tax was supposed to fund but one that also has fueled the arguments of well-funded and outspoken opponents who have long sought its repeal.

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