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Tax falling short of projections, forcing Philadelphians to buy soda outside of city

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BY: / the Washington Free Beacon.
Elizabeth Harrington is a staff writer for the Washington Free Beacon.

Philadelphia’s tax on sugary drinks has made soda more expensive than beer in the city.

The Tax Foundation released a new study on the excise tax last week, finding that the 1.5-cent per ounce tax has fallen short of revenue projections, cost jobs, and has forced some Philadelphians to drive outside the city to buy groceries.

The study finds that the tax is 24 times higher than the Pennsylvania tax rate on beer.

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