January 3, 2018 | Daily News - Philly.Com
Philly's soda tax has spawned multiple studies. Here's what we've learned
Philadelphia’s tax on soda and other sweetened beverages has been in effect for nearly a year. As city officials, business owners, and beverage industry lobbyists continue to debate the controversial, 1.5 cent-per-ounce tax – and other cities watch closely – researchers have scrambled to study its impact.
All agree sales of soda and other taxable beverages have decreased under the tax, and prices have risen. But has the tax had a negative impact on businesses’ bottom lines? The answer to that question, it turns out, depends on which study you consult, and maybe even who paid for it.