State high court to hear appeal of Philadelphia soda tax

Pennsylvania’s highest court said Tuesday that it will hear an appeal in a lawsuit challenging Philadelphia’s year-old tax on soda and other sweetened drinks that inspired other cities around the country to enact their own.

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court issued a brief order, saying it would hear the appeal by the industry, restaurants and retailers on whether the tax violates a 1932 law prohibiting Philadelphia from taxing a transaction or subject already taxed by the state.

The city’s lawyers said they expected the high court’s review and maintained that they are confident the city has the authority to enforce the tax, which is imposed on distributors. A lawyer for the business owners and organizations suing said he was “heartened” by the court’s decision to review the tax.



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