Mayor Jim Kenney Lays Out Philadelphia Soda Tax Plan

Philadelphia's mayor will reveal details of his plan to tax soda and sugary drinks to help fund initiatives like universal pre-K.

Mayor Jim Kenney 's Administration will host an informational briefing at City Hall Monday morning to discuss his plan for a 3-cents-per-ounce tax on sugary beverages that he claims would provide $400 million to be split among several initiatives, including pre-K.

People in the beverage industry said that distributors would likely pass the tax onto consumers.

The soda tax is part of Kenney's proposed $4.17 billion spending plan. The budget is now in the hands of the city council, which has opposed similar sugary drinks taxes twice before under Kenney's predecessor Michael Nutter.

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