Philadelphia's City Council approved a 1.5 cent-per-ounce tax on sugary and diet drinks Thursday, becoming the first major U.S. city ever to do so. Two previous efforts to enact a soda tax in the city failed, but this time, Mayor Jim Kenney (D) told the council the estimated $91 million in new tax revenues would pay for pre-K programs, community schools, and a recreation center. The beverage industry spent millions of dollars on a campaign to block the tax, and is expected to sue if it is approved. Only Berkeley, California, joins Philadelphia as having a similar law in the United States.
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