On Thursday the City Council of Philadelphia approved a controversial 1.5 cent tax per ounce of soda. Hillary has endorsed this tax, which violates the pledge she made at the Democratic Primary Debate in New Hampshire. This pledge she made on December 19th was to not raise taxes on families making under $250,000 a year.
The tax will affect sodas and other sugary drinks, including teas, sports drinks and energy drinks. Drinks exempt from the tax are those that are more than 50% fruit juice, vegetable juice or milk.
That would add 18-cents to the cost of a can of soda, $1.08 for a 6-pack or $1.02 for a two-liter bottle. By endorsing a soda tax, Clinton was endorsing a very regressive tax that falls more on the poor.
A tax on sugary soft drinks, like the one proposed in Philadelphia and endorsed by Mrs. Clinton this week, can be seen as a very regressive tax that falls more on the poor than the rich, since the poor tend to drink more soda, according to the New York Times.