“The tax is not constitutional, violates the law, and will result in lost sales tax revenue collection into the commonwealth’s general fund,” the brief says. The revenue generated is to fund an expansion of early-childhood education and a number of other initiatives, including the rehabilitation of hundreds of recreation centers and playgrounds.The sweetened beverage tax adds 1.5 cents per ounce to the cost of most sugary and diet beverages. The beverage industry and some local restaurant owners sued the city, challenging the tax.“Appellee and other cash-strapped cities such as Harrisburg, Chester, and Williamsport will use the appellee’s tax as a way to increase their revenues,” the brief says.“It is not unrealistic to expect that next year there will be a 'candy tax' based upon volume in Philadelphia, a sweetened beverage tax based upon volume in Harrisburg, and a 'snack/cookie tax' based upon volume in another cash-strapped city.” The Kenney administration was dismissive of the brief, saying the 36 legislators who signed the brief don't represent the majority of the legislature.That day, however, Haseley allowed just two runs on three hits and struck out six without a walk to earn the victory as the pitcher. “But as a hitter, he was just ridiculous.” The Virginia series against Rutgers was in late February, but if it makes my nephew or the Scarlet Knights feel any better, nobody has had much success trying to get Haseley out since then, either.Haseley finished his junior season as the ACC batting champion with a .390 average to go along with 14 home runs, a .491 on-base percentage and a 1.150 OPS.
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"The amicus brief does nothing but parrot arguments by the American Beverage Association that were previously rejected by the Court of Common Pleas," city spokesman Mike Dunn said in an email. Williams, who represents Philadelphia and is one of the legislators who signed the brief, said he worries that the lower-income residents the Kenney administration is trying to help with the tax are the ones suffering because of it.
"The city remains resolute in our belief that Council had full authority to impose this tax." The five state senators and 31 state representatives who are backing the brief include six Democrats and represent various parts of the state, including Philadelphia. “It is having a very, very negative impact on the community that they thought they were going to help,” Williams said, noting that corner stores and supermarkets might have to shut down because of the tax.
Williams said that trying to come up with a way to fund prekindergarten and improving recreation centers is commendable, but a beverage tax isn’t the way to do it.
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