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Kenney’s soda tax gets national attention:Clinton likes it, Sanders hates it

April 21, 2016
AccessEconomics and FinanceState & LocalUniversal and Targeted
Julia Terruso
Philly News

Philadelphia’s soda tax battle has gone full-on presidential.

Following comments former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton made in Philadelphia Wednesday in support of Mayor Kenney’s a proposed tax on sugary drinks to universal fund pre-K education, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders said Thursday he’s against the tax.

Kenney’s proposal calls for a 3-cents per ounce tax on all non-diet sodas, sweetened teas, sports drinks, sugary juices and other beverages that contain sugar.

Clinton on Wednesday said, “I’m very supportive of the mayor’s proposal to tax soda to get universal preschool for kids. I mean, we need universal preschool. And if that’s a way to do it, that’s how we should do it.”