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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Court Halts San Francisco Soda Warning

San Francisco and Oakland have been pushing to have the tax adopted, but thus far their voters have rejected the idea – so, San Francisco went to a Plan B.  While they work to get the issue back on the ballots and convince the electorate to enact the tax, the “City by the Bay” enacted…

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Soda Taxes on the Campaign Trail

It started with former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg prohibiting customers from purchasing soda in containers larger than 16 ounces, but the courts ultimately overturned his NYC soda ban.  With that door shut tight by the US Constitution, progressive local officials turned their sights on their taxing power and are now advocating special taxes…

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Still More Targeting Sugary Drinks

The California Assembly is considering the latest sugary drink legislation, AB-2782, a bill that will require distributors to pay $.02 per ounce into a new government fund to fight obesity.  The bill, summarized here and pending in the Assembly Health Committee, was slated this past week for a public hearing which was ultimately postponed.  It…

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Philly Mayor Puts Soda Tax Back in Play

New Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney included a $.03 cent per ounce tax on sugary drinks as an integral revenue component for his first budget as Mayor of the City of Brotherly Love.  Kenney, who opposed the $.02 soda tax that his predecessor Mayor Michael Nutter had proposed, didn’t take long to change his stripes into…

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Sugary Drink Issues Resurface

The National Commission on Hunger released its final report, “Freedom from Hunger: An Achievable Goal for the United States of America” earlier this week and in it recommended that sugar-sweetened drinks be excluded from the list of items eligible for purchase with Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits.  The recommendation, presented for consideration by Congress,…

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New York City Sugary Drink Ban Coming Back?

Former Mayor Michael Bloomberg may be long gone from Gracie Mansion, but some of his wacky policies just won’t go away.  Recall that the former mayor passed a ban on the sale of sugary drinks of 16 ounces or more at certain, but not all, establishments back in 2012.  The ordinance was challenged in the…

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California Giveth and LA Taketh Away

There was both good news and bad for franchise owners coming out of the Golden State this week as the full California Assembly passed AB 525, the Franchise Relations Act, which will help restore some balance to the franchise relationship.  Just two days later, the Los Angeles City Council, by a 14 – 1 vote,…

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Maryland Kills Price Bill on Sugary Drinks

Maryland legislators last week killed a proposal that would have required restaurants to charge more for certain sugary drinks sold with children’s meals.  The legislation, HB 1090, was filed by Baltimore City Delegate Cheryl Glenn in the House and a companion bill by Senator Shirley Nathan-Pulliam.  It was rejected again this session by the House…

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