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 from the new tax are projected as high as $7.4 million for some months in 2017 and it was justified as a viable vehicle to fight obesity in consumers who drink sugary beverages. Officials of the City of Brotherly Love were very proud of the newfound revenue generated by the tax, but strangely didn’t identify whether Philadelphians were any healthier as a result – although their wallets are certainly lighter!!