Soda Can Be Good For You – And Your Community.
A few days ago, Mark Bittman published a piece in The New York Times about Philadelphia entitled “Taxing Sugar to Fund a City.” In it, he explains how Philadelphia may implement a precedent-setting 3-cent soda tax soon.
The Mayor wants to use the added funds to help the city’s needy – investing in things like community schools, universal prekindergarten and libraries. This innovative tax would be the opposite of a regressive one since the services the poor would receive would more than outweigh the added 3 cents they’d pay.
The 3-cent tax could raise as much as $100 million a year for these causes.
Fingers crossed that Philly will sweeten its coffers for the needy with its 3 cents. What do they say? Where Philly goes, there goes the nation. Or maybe it will if this bill is passed.