Pa. Legislators Urge Court To Undo Philly Soda Tax Ruling

By Vidya Kauri (February 7, 2017, 6:49 PM EST) -- Three dozen Pennsylvania state lawmakers urged the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania to overturn a trial court's decision upholding Philadelphia's controversial tax on sugar-sweetened beverages, arguing Monday that the tax is unlawful and will negatively affect the state's general fund.

State Senator Anthony Williams, State Representative Angel Cruz and 34 other bipartisan legislators said in an amicus brief that the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas had erred in concluding that the 1.5 cent-per-ounce tax on sugary drinks and diet sodas was not the equivalent of a sales tax that the products are already subject to.

The so-called soda tax, which went...

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