Soda Tax Challenged

Well, the fact that the Philadelphia soda tax has been upheld by the Pennsylvania courts wasn’t enough to discourage the Illinois Retail Merchants Association from filing a court challenge to the new Cook County soda tax. The group filed a lawsuit asking for a temporary restraining order and a preliminary injunction in Cook County Circuit…

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Seattle Adopts Soda Tax, May Apply to Coffee Drinks

It was the city that first fell for the Fight for $15 narrative and this week it added a soda and sugary drink tax to its mandates. Seattle Mayor Ed Murray signed the 1.75 cent per ounce tax into law Tuesday, the day after the Seattle city council passed the money grab on a 7…

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Soda Tax Rejected in Santa Fe

Well, it may be all the rage in Philadelphia with its proponents pointing gleefully to increased revenues from the new tax, but voters in the southwest are not as enamored with the idea. A two-cent per ounce tax on sugary drinks was soundly defeated by a record number of voters in Santa Fe, New Mexico…

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No Break from Massachusetts Taxes

Pregnant or not, they’ll be no reasonable accommodation that costs Massachusetts its tax dollar! The state’s House of Representatives rejected the idea of a permanent weekend tax holiday when they passed and sent the Fiscal Year 2018 budget to the Senate. Representatives rejected a proposal to forego the sales tax every year on the third…

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Soda Taxes Spilling To Other States

Speaking of New Mexico, minimum wages aren’t the only issue generating headlines – voters in the capital city of Santa Fe have until next Tuesday to decide whether the city will impose a tax on sugary drinks of 2 cents per ounce – increasing the price of soda by 25 cents per can. Early voting…

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Philly Delays Salary History Ban

With another lawsuit pending (yet again) on a new law enacted in the City of Brotherly Love, Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney announced that the city will delay enforcement of the ban on salary history questions in employment interviews until the courts provide some clarity. The ordinance, which was unanimously passed by the City Council in…

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Tax it, Label it, Tether it!

In some ways, the state of California began the rush to apply additional punitive taxes to customers who buy “sugary beverages” when Berkeley voters passed a measure to apply a $.01 cent per ounce tax on purchase in 2014. Since that time, no fewer than 4 other communities in the Golden State have enacted it…

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Sugary Drink Taxes Spreading

Illinois and Massachusetts are just the two most recent states that are now considering some kind of new tax on sugary drinks. Illinois Senate Bill 9 would apply a new penny-per-ounce tax on any beverage containing 5 or more grams of sugar that is sold in the state. The tax, which is being viewed as…

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Monkey See, Monkey Do

As we’ve seen in the past on an array of different initiatives, a new government mandate in one community will soon be replicated elsewhere with the effect being a wave across the country.  The soda tax idea is just the latest in an unfortunately long line of taxes, regulations and mandates.  Aside from the Philadelphia…

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Court Dismisses Challenge to Philly Soda Tax

Philadelphia has won Round 1 of its fight with the beverage industry to preserve the 1.5 cents per ounce tax it imposed on sugary drinks back in June.  In a 14 page decision, Common Pleas Judge Gary Glazer dismissed the legal challenge to the Philadelphia Beverage Tax (PBT) brought by the American Beverage Association and…

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