Kathy L. Rapp

Editorials from around Pennsylvania

Editorials from around Pennsylvania

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SODA TAX IS A NUISANCE, BUT NOT EVIL, Oct. 17

City Controller Alan Butkovitz has mounted yet another attack on Philadelphia's sugary drink tax. He took a survey asking the city's retailers if soda sales have declined since the tax was imposed by the Kenny administration at the beginning of the year.

The answer is yes. Most of the businesses reported revenue losses of more than 10 percent. But a detrimental effect on store owners isn't proof that the beverage tax has been bad for Philadelphia.

The tax has generated close to $53 million in revenue in the first eight months of this year. Those proceeds are being...

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