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Clinton Backs "Highest Soda Tax Proposed Anywhere In The Country"

- April 20, 2016

At A Campaign Event In Philadelphia, Clinton Voiced Support For Democrat Mayor Jim Kenney's Proposed Soda Tax. CLINTON: "We obviously have to do a whole lot more to avoid what they call the 'school to prison pipeline' and replace it with a 'cradle to college pipeline' and that really starts early, and it starts early with working with families, working with kids, building up community resources. I'm very supportive of the mayor's proposal to tax soda to get universal preschool for kids. I mean I don't, you know, we need universal preschool, and if that's a way to do it, that's how we should do it." (Hillary Clinton, Roundtable In Philadelphia Pennsylvania, 4/20/16)

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Clinton Was Voicing Support For The "Highest Soda Tax Proposed Anywhere In The Country"

As A Part Of Mayor Kenney's April Budget Proposal, He Has Proposed "Taxing Sugar-Sweetened Beverages At 3 Cents An Ounce. "Mayor Jim Kenney was elected in Philadelphia last year after promising to bring the city universal prekindergarten, but he needed a way to pay for it. Enter the soda tax. As part of his budget, introduced this month, Mr. Kenney has proposed taxing sugar-sweetened beverages at 3 cents an ounce, the highest soda tax proposed anywhere in the country." (Margot Sanger-Katz, "Making A Soda Tax More Politically Palatable," The New York Times, 4/3/16)

  • The Tax Would Be The "Highest Soda Tax Proposed Anywhere In The Country." "As part of his budget, introduced this month, Mr. Kenney has proposed taxing sugar-sweetened beverages at 3 cents an ounce, the highest soda tax proposed anywhere in the country." (Margot Sanger-Katz, "Making A Soda Tax More Politically Palatable,"The New York Times, 4/3/16)

Kenney's Proposed Tax Would Add $0.60 To A 20-Ounce Bottle Of Soda. "The policy would make a 20-ounce bottle of soda $0.60 more expensive for distributors, much of which could be passed on to consumers in the form of significantly higher prices." (Zeeshan Aleem, Philadelphia's Mayor Just Proposed The Highest Soda Tax In The US - And Not To Improve Health, Business Insider, 4/4/16)

  • The Tax Would Primarily Be "Passed On To Consumers In The Form Of Significantly Higher Prices." "The policy would make a 20-ounce bottle of soda $0.60 more expensive for distributors, much of which could be passed on to consumers in the form of significantly higher prices." (Zeeshan Aleem, Philadelphia's Mayor Just Proposed The Highest Soda Tax In The US - And Not To Improve Health, Business Insider, 4/4/16)

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