We’ll start with the disappointing revenue numbers in Philadelphia generated by the City’s new soda tax for the month of August. The tax, which was projected to generate enough money to fund pre-K educational programs, community schools as well as rebuilding a number of the public facilities in the city missed its target again as August revenues came in at $6.6 million. The 1.5 cent per ounce tax on sugary beverages was sold on the basis that it would generate $7.7 million per month on average, a figure it has yet to reach since it became effective in January! Undeterred, billionaire former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who originally banned the sale of large sugar beverages in the Big Apple before the court stepped in, has pledged to spend whatever is necessary to keep soda tax proponents in office across the country (Philadelphia, Chicago, Seattle, etc). His latest focus is on the Cook County soda tax, a new tax for which a repeal vote scheduled in the Cook County Board was delayed last week. County Commissioners who opposed the tax had the repeal measure all teed up for action, but Board President (and soda tax proponent) Toni Preckwinkle sent the measure to the County Finance Committee, effectively delaying the vote until October 10. the vote that is seemingly headed for a vote to repeal it. Citizen opponents have organized and created a political action committee named the Citizens for a More Affordable Cook County that will fight Bloomberg and the soda tax and help fund the political campaigns of soda tax opponents!