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Economics of a soda tax / Replacing PA voting machines

Written by Benjamin Pontz, Associate Producer | Jun 3, 2019 4:00 AM



What to look for on Smart Talk, Monday, June 3, 2019:

Philadelphia made national headlines when it implemented a tax on sugary-sweetened beverages, known more commonly as the "soda tax." 

A team of researchers recently studied what would be the optimal soda tax if it were to be implemented nationwide and recommended a levy of 1-2.1 cents per ounce. They say the resulting reduction in soda consumption would reduce the prevalence of a host of diseases such as diabetes, which could help both consumers and the government and funds programs like Medicare and Medicaid. 

Joining Smart Talk to discuss the research findings is Dr. Benjamin Lockwood, Assistant Professor of Business Economics & Public Policy in the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. 


Dr. Ben Lockwood, PhD

Also, Gov. Tom Wolf's administration told all of Pennsylvania's 67 counties that they need to have new voting machines in place by the 2020 election. 

PA Post reporters Emily Previti and Ed Mahon recently looked at who stands to profit from that requirement. Ed Mahon appears on Smart Talk.

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Ed Mahon

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