Is Philly Being Silly?

How much are you willing to pay for soda?

If people in Philadelphia want a soda, they are going to have to pay a little more than normal. How much? 1.5 cents per ounce more! That’s because Philadelphia is passing a law that states that when you buy a soda, you have to pay 1.5 cents for every ounce of soda. That means a can of Coke-Cola will cost 11 cents more!

Now that may not seem like much more money for the government, but Philadelphia is expected to earn 91 million dollars in the next year! While this law may make people healthier, the government convinced people to support it by promising to use the money they make from the tax to improve schools and community centers.

That begs the question, how many sodas will be bought?! If everyone bought the same size soda, a can of Coke-Cola, that means about 8,088,888 cans. As of right now there is only one other city in the US who has passed a similar law — a city in California called Berkeley, where the distributors, or sellers of soda, have to pay one more cent per ounce to sell their soda.

New York has also tried to pass laws on sodas.  In 2013 The New York City Board of Health tried to pass a law where sodas over 16 ounces were banned.  This was ruled out by the New York Supreme Court. One of the reasons this was denied was that it only applied to restaurants, movie theaters, stadiums, and similar businesses, while grocery stores were still allowed to sell sodas of any size. In my opinion I think a soda ban is a decent idea, but it’s unfair to leave one of the biggest soda-selling industries out.

Returning to Philadelphia, Coke-Cola and Pepsi-Co are more than upset about this law. It definitely means that sales will go down, which means they earn less money. They should count their blessings though, because the original tax was to be 3-cents-per-ounce.  This was halved because it was thought to be too ridiculous.

Philadelphia may be an inspiration to other cities, so this law may someday apply to you.

But now my question for you is, what do you think about this law?

By Jadon W.

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