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WRAL.Com/AP - May 5, 2016

3 council members protest against Philly sugary drink tax

PHILADELPHIA — Three city council members have come out against a sugary drink tax that Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney wants to use to fund a universal pre-kindergarten program and other initiatives.

Republican Council member Al Taubenberger joined Democrats Jannie Blackwell and Maria Quinones-Sanchez at a rally Wednesday outside City Hall. The event was staged by Philadelphians Against The Soda Tax, a group funded by the soft-drink industry.

Kenney wants to tax the drinks at the rate of 3 cents per ounce, meaning a six-pack of 12-ounce sodas would be taxed $2.16.

Kenney says he knew some council members would oppose the measure, but is confident he can get nine votes needed for the 17-member council to pass the measure.

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