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Clinton supports soda tax in Philadelphia

Greg Nash

Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton said she supports a plan in Philadelphia to tax soda to pay for initiatives including universal preschool, CNN reported.

{mosads}”It starts early with working with families, working with kids, building up community resources. I’m very supportive of the mayor’s proposal to tax soda to get universal preschool for kids,” Clinton said during a forum in Philadelphia hosted by the Mothers of the Movement, a gun control advocacy organization.

“I mean, we need universal preschool. And if that’s a way to do it, that’s how we should do it.”

Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney introduced the soda tax plan in early March. It would tax sugary drinks at 3 cents per ounce to help pay for universal preschool, according to NBC News.

Kenney’s administration said the initiative would generate $400 million, which would be split among several initiatives including universal preschool.

Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg tried to pass a ban on large soda containers in the past to combat obesity, but the move failed. 

The city council in Philadelphia opposed similar measures targeting soda twice before under former Mayor Michael Nutter, who served before Kenney.

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