John Fetterman Supports Soda Taxes & Claims They Aren’t Regressive, But Bernie Sanders Begs To Differ


Patrick Gleason

May 31, 2022

Soda taxes are once again back in the news thanks to several recent developments. First, Vermont’s Democrat-run state legislature passed a bill on April 30 setting up a commission to study an excise tax on sugar sweetened beverages and estimate how much such a levy could generate for state coffers. A few weeks later on May 17, the Democratic nomination for the battleground U.S. Senate race in Pennsylvania was won by John Fetterman, the commonwealth’s Lt. Governor and a vocal supporter of soda excise taxes.

The Democrats’ Senate nominee in the Keystone State is such a passionate advocate for soda taxes that he wrote a 2016 column for Philly Magazine defending the soda excise tax enacted that year in Philadelphia.

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