Philadelphia's mayor seeks sugary drinks tax to fund pre-K

Written by The Associated Press | Mar 1, 2016 3:35 AM

A mural advertising Coca-Cola decorates the side of a building in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

(Philadelphia) -- Philadelphia's mayor wants to tax sugary drinks to help fund his universal pre-K plan, among other initiatives. 

Mayor Jim Kenney says he believes the three-cents-per-ounce tax could bring in $400 million over five years. 

He says the money could fund a green jobs plan and repay a bond for rebuilding parks and recreations centers. 

Former Mayor Michael Nutter proposed a two-cents-per-ounce tax during his administration.

Kenney, a city councilman at the time, opposed the idea, and the tax never made it to a council vote. 

The tax would be levied on distributors, and soda lobbyists would likely fight it.

Kenney will announce more details Thursday. 

Only Berkeley, California, has enacted a soda tax, at one cent per ounce.  

Kenney hopes to add 10,000 pre-K seats by 2020.

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