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. Not surprisingly, the Mayor and his staff claim that the soda company initiated the layoffs to paint the new tax as costly to business, but the fact remains that the government money grab has indeed cost workers their jobs! A legal challenge to the tax is still pending in the courts, but after becoming effective in January, the tax generated $18 million in new revenue for the city over the first quarter of the year! The tax, along with a host of others that impact the restaurant industry, has given birth to a new localized advocacy group, Kitchen Cabinet PHL, to interact with city officials on behalf of the industry.