Miscellaneous

This past weekend, the much discussed Philadelphia soda tax went into effect with significant but predictable sticker shock for most consumers. In fact, the new tax has added considerably to the cost of many sugary drinks, ranging anywhere from 20% to as much as 77%!  Speaking of state taxes, we often advise on state actions…

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Beverage Industry Appeals Court Dismissal

As anticipated, the American Beverage Association and other plaintiffs have appealed the decision of the Court of Common Pleas dismissing the group’s legal challenge to the Philadelphia Beverage Tax. Philadelphia passed the 1.5 cents per ounce tax earlier in 2016 and the challenge was filed in September on the grounds that the tax (which opponents…

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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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Salary History Is the New Taboo

When government officials were up in arms over employment questions about criminal records, may it was orange, but today there can be little doubt that salary history is the new black! Last year, Massachusetts started the trend by banning questions about salary history on employment applications so as not to “facilitate income inequality”, but now…

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Soda Taxes Go 4 For 4

Ballot initiatives to impose additional taxes on sugary drinks went undefeated on Election Day as four more local communities (3 in California) passed the initiatives.  San Francisco, along with Albany and Oakland all passed sugary drink taxes, mimicking the first-in-the-nation soda tax enshrined in Berkeley back in 2014.  These measures, each of which assess an…

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PA Supreme Court Won’t Expedite Soda Tax Case

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…

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Cook County, Again

Maybe they’re enjoying the notoriety of adopting more and more progressive laws (paid sick leave law 3 weeks ago and the above-referenced minimum wage), but the Cook County Board is apparently looking for more. Board President Toni Preckwinkle now wants the county to adopt a tax of $.01 per ounce on soda and other sugary…

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Tax Happy on a Global Level

As if it’s not enough of a burden to fight local, state & federal government efforts to endlessly increase taxes on consumers across the country, now the international community is putting in its two cents!  Recall that former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg got the ball rolling with his 2012 proposal to ban outright…

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Beverage Association Sues Philly over Soda Tax

In an action that had been anticipated for several weeks, the American Beverage Association, joined by several Philadelphia residents, filed suit against the city of Philadelphia challenging the legality of the recently enacted soda tax.  The suit contends that imposition of the new tax, 1.5 cents per ounce, is preempted by the state sales tax…

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