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Coalition Statement on Bernie Sanders comments regarding tax on beverages

“We appreciate Senator Sanders standing up for the hard-working Philadelphia families who would be harmed by this destructive tax. Pre-K is a worthy program but a regressive tax borne most heavily by low-income and middle class Philadelphians is not the right way to pay for it. The fact is we can protect the future of our children and not harm these families in the process with more burdensome taxes. It’s disappointing that Secretary Clinton chose to play old-school politics rather than take into account the full impact of this local issue.”

“We urge both candidates to call upon the administration to redirect existing federal funds for early education to Philadelphia to support the proposed initiative and, if elected president, to commit they will send these federal funds to the city to support Pre-K for the future.”

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