Mayor Jim Kenney “Strong Mayor”-Raised the Bar High- With a Bold Progressive Agenda

 The Philadelphia Soda Tax

by Bridget Birchett -September 6, 2016

Power & Influence – No Chasing

Mayor Kenney  sworn in as the  99th Mayor of City of Philadelphia the 5th largest city in the US. Born and raised in Philadelphia and a former City Council Official, he  clearly has his finger on the pulse of the city.

On Thursday June 16th, 2016 Soda Tax passes; Philadelphia is the first big city in the Nation to enact one. The 13 -4 vote put to bed months of speculation and at times bitter negotiations, but ensured that the national spotlight will stay turned Philadelphia for months if not years.

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Mayor Kenney who can count this as the first major political victory of his term called it a start to  “changing the narrative of poverty in our City.” The City will start collecting the tax in January 2017. The Tax is expected to raise $91 million annually and fund City projects including pre-K expansion the creation of community schools and investment in parks and recreation centers.

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Mayor Kenney signing Soda Tax Legislation in presence of  City Council members.

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City Council passed the first budget of Mayor Kenney’s administration  Thursday June 16th, 2016 a $4.19 billion plan that includes funding for prekindergarten, community schools, and parks and recreation improvements paid for by a beverage tax.

The budget, passed on the final day of Council’s spring session, has $20 million more spending than when first proposed in March, and $192 million more than the city’s 2016 budget.

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