On June 8, 2016 in Philadelphia, lawmakers took a crucial vote on an important issue for taxpayers, families, and consumers. The plan from Mayor Jim Kenney (D-Philadelphia) would have imposed a 3 cents-per-ounce tax on more than 1,000 beverages. However, at the eleventh-hour the Mayor dropped a bombshell: a tax at 1.5 cents-per-ounce but spread out to both sugary and diet beverages, and the tax revenue would go toward the city’s fund balance. The Mayor promised that the new tax would be dedicated to initiatives like expanded pre-K. Instead, he pushed through a massive, regressive grocery tax on a false promise.
Mayor Kenney’s expanded grocery tax is excessive and it will drive down wages and kill jobs. His tax targets the poor and robs resources from families living paycheck to paycheck.
Capitol Allies is a staunch opponent of arbitrary, regressive taxation.
Before the City Council took the vote, in an effort led by Capitol Allies, a broad coalition of taxpayer and free market groups sent this coalition letter to the Philadelphia City Council asking them to reject Mayor Kenney’s grocery tax.