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Far and away, the biggest spender was the American Beverage Association. Now that a soda tax has twice been defeated in city council, in 2010 and 2011, ABA spent $343,372 more this year lobbying public officials to quash it for good. Other big spenders include US Airways, and Comcast, which lobbied against a proposal to make paid sick leave mandatory. The data below was compiled by the Philadelphia Public Interest Information Network. [PPIIN]1. The American Beverage Association – $343,3722. The Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust (PREIT) – $105,0003. U.S. Airways – $83,3254. Comcast Cable Communications, LLC – $75,6695. CH2M Hill – $75,0006. NHS Pennsylvania – $51,9247. Wal-Mart Stores,
The soda tax vote
You have to give credit where it’s due.Thanks to Mayor Nutter, folks have laughed more over the last two weeks than at any time in recent memory. If laughing is good for the soul, Philadelphians are in great shape.What was so funny?
A spoonful of sugar may help the medicine go down, but it will cost more to swallow under Mayor Nutter’s proposed tax on sweetened beverages.Swallow this, Mister Mayor.Under the plan — toughest of its kind in the country — Philadelphians would pay an extra 2 cents per ounce for all sugar-fueled potables, including soda, ice tea, even chocolate milk!My fellow citizens, the right to bear syrupy libations without penalty is one of the fundamental building blocks of the Bill of Rights.
If the Mayor wants to be serious about getting sugary drinks out of the hands of Philadelphia citizens, the proposed tax of 2 cents per ounce is a weak, baby step. Are you ready do to what it takes to get it done, Mr. Mayor? Let's do this.First, it's no secret that people already have tremendous supplies of sugary drinks stockpiled in their homes and workplaces. I have half a case of Honest Tea in my own basement. The city needs to step up with an amnesty program allowing people who do have sugary drinks at home to drop them off without penalty or stigma. If you want to get the stuff off the streets, get real about it and get serious.