Whatever you may think about the wisdom of Philadelphia’s “Soda Tax,” the City has certainly done well against some fairly stiff opposition:
- The beverage industry spent millions lobbying against the ordinance creating the tax. It passed anyway. City 1, Industry 0.
- The beverage industry launched a case challenging the tax in the Court of Common Pleas. The plaintiffs’ complaint was promptly tossed as presenting no legally viable challenge to the tax. City 2, Industry 0.
- The beverage industry appealed, enlisting thirty-six state legislators as support. On June 14th, the Commonwealth Court rejected that challenge. Williams v. City of Philadelphia, No.
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