Tag Archives: SODA TAX

Washington and Oregon to Vote on Soda and Food Tax Bans

Washington State Initiative 1634 would ban local taxes on groceries. The initiative defines groceries as “any raw or processed food or beverage, or any ingredient thereof, intended for human consumption except alcoholic beverages, marijuana products, and tobacco. The ban would not apply to existing taxes, including Seattle’s sweetened-beverage tax (see our January 2, 2018, blog … Continue Reading

Will Pennsylvania Join Other States in Banning Local Soda Taxes?

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has upheld a tax on sugar-sweetened beverages approved by the Philadelphia city council in 2016 (see previous blogs here, here and here for background information on that tax and court challenges to the tax). Opponents of the tax had argued that the tax violated Pennsylvania’s Sterling Act of 1932, which prohibits … Continue Reading

WHO Panel Holds Back on Calling for Sugary Drink Tax

An independent panel advising the World Health Organization (WHO) did not recommend taxing sugary drinks in a report, titled, “A Time to Deliver.” While the report, released June 1, 2018, recommends that governments give priority to restricting the marketing of unhealthy products (that contain excessive amounts of sugars, sodium, saturated fats and trans fats) to … Continue Reading

Pennsylvania House Committee Passes Soda Tax Preemption Bill (subscription to Law360 required)

As previously covered on this blog, Philadelphia enacted a 1.5-cent-per-ounce tax on distributors of sweetened beverages (including soda and diet soda, non-100% fruit drinks; sports drinks; flavored water; energy drinks; pre-sweetened coffee or tea; and non-alcoholic beverages intended to be mixed into alcoholic drinks) as a revenue generating measure to fund local health and education needs. … Continue Reading

Opposing Views and Uncertain Future for the Philadelphia Soda Tax

15 Months In, Philly Still Plagued With Soda Tax Uncertainties (subscription to Law360 required) As previously covered on this blog, Philadelphia’s 1.5-cent-per-ounce tax on distributors of sweetened beverages (including soda and diet soda, non-100% fruit drinks; sports drinks; flavored water; energy drinks; pre-sweetened coffee or tea; and non-alcoholic beverages intended to be mixed into alcoholic drinks) … Continue Reading

Soda Tax Battles Continue into 2018

As our readers are aware, sweetened beverage taxes have been in the spotlight for several years now. In November 2016, voters in three California cities and in Boulder, Colorado passed measures to tax sweetened beverages, and the Cook County Board of Commissioners voted to impose a controversial soda tax (see our November 15, 2016 blog). However, … Continue Reading

Philly Sweetened Beverage Tax Under Fire

As previously covered on this blog, on June 16, 2016, the Philadelphia city council voted 13-4 to approve a 1.5-cent-per-ounce tax on sugar-sweetened beverages.  The tax – which took effect on January 1, 2017 – is levied on distributors and covers a variety of beverages, including soda and diet soda, non-100% fruit drinks; sports drinks; flavored water; energy drinks; … Continue Reading

Cook County, IL Likely to Repeal Soda Tax

As previously reported on this blog, a Cook County Ordinance that imposes a $0.01 per ounce tax on the retail sale of sweetened beverages became effective August 2. The unpopular tax applies to bottled sweetened beverages and makes soda sold in Chicago among the most expensive in the country. Cook County Commissioner Sean Morrison announced on … Continue Reading

Illinois Cook County Soda Tax Becomes Effective Aug. 2

As previously reported on this blog, a Cook County Ordinance that imposes a $0.01 per ounce tax on the retail sale of sweetened beverage was temporarily blocked after the Illinois Retail Merchants Association and others filed a lawsuit to block the tax. On July 28, 2017, Cook County Circuit Judge Daniel Kubasiak dissolved the temporary restraining … Continue Reading

Philly Soda Tax Opponents Appeal To PA Supreme Court

As previously covered on this blog, on June 16, 2016, the Philadelphia city council voted 13-4 to approve a 1.5-cent-per-ounce tax on sugar-sweetened beverages.  The tax – which took effect on January 1, 2017 – is levied on distributors and covers a variety of beverages, including soda and diet soda, non-100% fruit drinks; sports drinks; flavored water; energy drinks; … Continue Reading

Cook County Illinois Soda Tax Temporarily Blocked

As previously covered on this blog, a number of local jurisdictions throughout the U.S. – like Berkeley, CA; Philadelphia, PA; San Francisco, CA; Oakland, CA; and Boulder, CO – have sought to introduce legislation to tax sweetened beverages.  Late last year, on November 10, 2016, the Cook County Illinois Board of Commissioners passed the Cook County … Continue Reading

Court Upholds Philly Soda Tax

As previously covered on this blog, on June 16, 2016, the Philadelphia city council voted 13-4 to approve a 1.5 cent per ounce tax on sugar-sweetened beverages.  The tax – which took effect on January 1, 2017 – is levied on distributors and covers a variety of beverages, including soda and diet soda, non-100% fruit drinks; sports drinks; flavored … Continue Reading
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