May 23, 2018-
A bill that would overturn Philadelphia’s sweetened beverage tax has not been taken up in the state House, as was expected this week. The bill, which would prohibit Philadelphia and other local governments from collecting new taxes on food and drinks, was moving quickly through the House. Kicked out of committee earlier this month, House floor debate on the bill was scheduled to begin Tuesday — but that has yet to happen.
Behind closed doors, state Rep. Kate Harper said discussion of the bill in the majority Republican caucus room has been “lively.””A bill that would repeal Philadelphia’s soda tax cuts differently in different areas,” said Harper, who serves Montgomery County. For example, Harper said lawmakers who represent the suburbs may find the bill is benefiting businesses in their districts if Philadelphia residents are going there to shop. Thursday is the last session day of the month, and lawmakers are scheduled to recess for the summer at the end of June.