(Philadelphia, December 19, 2016) – The City has issued the following statements in response to the ruling today by the Honorable Judge Gary S. Glazer of the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas:

City Solicitor Sozi Pedro Tulante:

“We greatly appreciate the thorough and timely consideration that Judge Glazer gave to this matter.  The Judge upheld the key points of our argument: the Philadelphia Beverage Tax cannot be considered a sales tax, and neither does it violate the uniformity clause of the Pennsylvania Constitution.”

Mayor Jim Kenney:

“Today is much more than a simple vindication of the legal principles on which the tax is based.  It is victory for Philadelphians, who have waited far too long for investment in their education system and in their neighborhoods.  I urge the soda industry to accept the Judge’s ruling and do the right thing for the children of Philadelphia, many of whom struggle in the chilling grip of pervasive poverty.  The industry has chosen not to challenge beverage taxes in other municipalities and there is no reason to continue pursuing it here.  Regardless of their decision, the City will not stop pursuing what those kids need most – quality pre-K, Community Schools, and better parks, libraries and rec centers.”