The Pennsylvania Supreme Court is pretty much going to let the Philadelphia soda tax take effect as scheduled on January 1, 2017 after denying a petition by the American Beverage Association among other plaintiffs for an expedited hearing.  Recall that back in June of this year, the city of Philadelphia passed a tax of 1.5 cents per ounce on sugary drinks sold.  In September, the new tax was challenged in court by the American Beverage Association and several Philadelphia residents.  By rejecting the request for expedited hearing request, the court essentially ruled that the case go through the full trial process at the Court of Common Pleas before any appeals can be heard.  Judge Gary Glazer of the Court of Common Pleas has said he expects to render a decision on the legality of the tax before January 1.