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Nutter proposes 2-cent-per-ounce sweet-drink tax

By Jeff Shields

Inquirer Staff Writer

Mayor Nutter wants to treat the city's weight and wallet problems in his 2010-11 budget with the same remedy: the nation's highest tax on all sweetened beverages including soda, energy drinks, ice tea, even chocolate milk.

Nutter's plan would put Philadelphia at the front of the movement to tax sweet drinks, an effort that the beverage industry already opposes and that could encounter resistance in City Council.

The tax rate would be 2 cents per ounce, 40 cents on a 20-ounce bottle of soda. The levy would cover fountain-drink syrups and powders, based on the number of liquid ounces they produce. Diet drinks without added sugar and baby formula would be excluded.

City officials said they could raise $77 million a year. Health Commission

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  • If inner city minorities want to really help their futures, they need to start electing conservatives. How many more decades will they continue to bring in liberal democrats? They complain ever year but never change their voting record. The defenition of insanity.

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  • the only thing they will leave untaxed will be illegal drugs...

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  • Last summer he shut down all of the city's library's and swimming pools because of the city's financial problems and now he said because of the new taxes in place he will now be able to re open them all,what a load of sh*t! meanwhile our children and their future are supposed to be number one priority in the inner city,take away the library and the pool and you get more crime.

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  • Balance the Budget - - - Or is that not an Option ! ! !

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  • Did you know your chance of getting pancreatic cancer reduces by 70% if you don't drink soft drinks?

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  • Nutter living up to his name !

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