Big Money Behind Both Sides of the Soda Tax Debate

Politico reports this morning that the proposed Philly soda tax has some real dough behind it. Backing it is NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg as well as the Arnold's who run the Laura and John Arnold Foundation.  

Check out this new ad from Philadelphians for a Fair Future.  Watch it here and below.

For more on the Mayor's proposed soda tax, see this NPR story from April.  

This gist is this: 

"Kenney claims a tax of 3 cents per ounce of soda, iced-tea and other sugary drinks — levied on beverage distributors — would generate more than $400 million over the next five years. The money would help fund a plan for universal pre-K and community schools that offer services like health care, as well as major renovations to parks, recreation centers and libraries."

As as Politico reports, the city council holds a hearing on the mayor's budget proposal today at 5 p.m. More here.

The opposition - Philadelphians Against the Grocery Tax Coalition - is vehemently against the 3 cent tax.  Their homepage sums it up:

"A 3¢ per ounce tax on everyday grocery items like sodas, sports drinks, juice drinks and some teas adds up fast. Hardworking Philadelphia families can't afford to pay more at the grocery store. Enough is enough. It's time to make our voices heard."

Universal PreK is sorely needed; and decreased soda consumption can help curb our sugar intake.  The marriage of the two is a fascinating debate, now playing out on the national stage.