From the editor: Soda tax bubbles to the surface again

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Something very disturbing happened in Philadelphia last week that received some attention, but probably not as much as it should have. Brown’s Superstores Inc. announced the closing of a ShopRite grocery store at 67th Street and Haverford Avenue in West Philadelphia. CEO Jeff Brown wasn’t shy about saying why. He blamed the store’s demise on the Philadelphia “soda tax” – the 1.5-cent-per-ounce levy on sweetened beverages the city started collecting about two years ago. Brown even put...

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