When cities across America have instituted a so-called “soda-tax” — New York City being the most notable — diet soda’s have aways gotten a tax-free pass. Philadelphia might be changing that, as they are looking at all sweetened beverages, whether they contain natural or artificial sugar, as part of its new tax proposal.
Philadelphia’s City Council agreed to support a tax of 1.5 cents per ounce on sweetened beverages, including all sweetened drinks, whether they are sugar-based or diet. The proposal still requires a second council vote, expected to pass on June 16. Cities interested in similar taxes include Oakland, Calif., San Francisco and Boulder, Colo.