Possible Soda Tax Causing a Stir

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HAZLETON -- Philadelphia could soon become the first major U.S. city with a sugary drinks tax. City council is expected to vote on the proposal Thursday night.

The soda tax would set a 1.5 cent per ounce tax on sugary and diet drinks.

In Philly on Thursday there were protests for and against the tax.

In the greater Hazleton area, we found some with strong feelings.

"What retailers tell us is they're going to be forced to pass this tax on to consumers, and that this will raise taxes on thousands of items," said Anthony Campisi, Philadelphians Against Grocery Tax.

The possible ripple effect of this soda tax spreading across the state has soda lovers we talked to in Hazleton concerned.

"They're crazy. I love soda and so does my kids. If they do that, Then I guess I quit drinking soda," said Danielle Whitenight.

That's exactly what soda companies fear but exactly what some say should happen.

"I think it's a great idea," said Kristopher Hoglund. "I mean soda is causing a lot of harm to many Americans' health with obesity and all that. If you tax it, it's going to make people not do it as much."

The proposed 1.5 cent tax in Philadelphia would help pay for universal Pre-K and also help with debt in the city.

While some would like to see a soda tax, to help struggling cities local officials around here say it's too early to talk about that.

All of them are admitting though, their eyes are on Philly and what ends up happening there.

7 comments

  • whatever831

    Yeah let’s tax soda, and then let’s talk about the rain tax proposal in Scranton. Taxing people when nature decided to rain. What the hell is going on in this country?

  • Hallo...

    Because Coca-Cola and PepsiCo doesn’t spend billion of dollars to make sure their drinks are not taxed or anything… They have won it many times over with, ‘if you tax our drinks, you have to tax everything with sugar in it to make it fair’.

  • the duke of all shiny metal objects

    Haaahaa ! You have no idea where all tax money is going…..
    to pay for the professional babymakers the government pays them a fortune
    to keep pumping out more !

  • Valfreyja

    In a country fast moving towards socialized health care this sort of thing becomes necessary. Fat people are a strain on the system as it is.

  • typical form 194-b dope

    Let me tell you how it will be
    There’s one for you, nineteen for me
    Cos I’m the taxman, yeah, I’m the taxman
    Should five per cent appear too small
    Be thankful I don’t take it all
    Cos I’m the taxman, yeah I’m the taxman
    If you drive a car, I’ll tax the street
    If you try to sit, I’ll tax your seat
    If you get too cold I’ll tax the heat
    If you take a walk, I’ll tax your feet

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