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 Tax Yields Money & Layoffs

The city of Philadelphia has been quick to point to the millions of dollars in new revenues being generated by Mayor Jim Kenney’s new tax on soda, but now they have to grapple with the fact that Coca-Cola has laid off some 40 employees as a result of the drop in sales in the area.…

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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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And On Taxes . . .

The state of Maine is looking seriously at amending a voter-approved ballot initiative that mandates an additional 3% surcharge from those with incomes over $200,000, an oxymoronic version of a “millionaire’s tax”. Anyway, already in this legislative session, five bills have been filed to amend the narrowly-approved measure and those bills, which run the gamut…

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Philly Soda Tax More Than Doubles Estimate

Pennsylvania Revenue Department officials last week announced that the Philadelphia soda tax that became effective on January 1 of this year brought in over $5.7 million in new revenue. The soda tax receipts more than doubled the $2.3 million estimate provided by the Philadelphia Budget Office in the Quarterly City Manager’s Report. Monthly revenue projections…

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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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Of Wages & Taxes

The Cleveland minimum wage hike that was planned for a May 2, 2017 vote on a referendum but was sidelined by the Ohio legislature and governor agreeing on pre-emption has been officially withdrawn. Organizers and petitioners with the SEIU-funded advocacy front Raise Up Cleveland are still lamenting that the petition to hike the minimum wage…

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