April 29, 2016
Chancellor's Forum: Philadelphia's Proposed Sugary Drink Tax May 18
Join the Philadelphia Bar Association for Chancellor's Forum on the Proposed Philadelphia Sugary Drink Tax in the 11th Floor Conference Center on Wednesday, May 18 at 4 p.m.
The proposed Philadelphia Sugary Drink Tax would add a 3-cents-per-ounce tax to all sugary drinks sold in Philadelphia. For proponents of the tax, it is a way to fund much-needed services such as universal Pre-K, community schools and major park renovations. It may also address certain public health concerns if citizens think twice about the purchase of sugary drinks that can lead to increased health problems, particularly for those living in poverty. For critics of the Sugary Drink Tax, it is an additional financial burden to Philadelphia businesses that will be passed down to consumers. This discussion will feature experts in the tax field, business leaders and City representatives who will speak to the issues of tax policy and how to raise needed revenue to achieve fiscal stability that will support critical programs and services for the citizens of Philadelphia now and into the future.
Panelists include James R. Engler, deputy mayor for policy and legislation, The City of Philadelphia; Daniel H. Grace, secretary-treasurer, Teamsters Local 830; Otis Hackney, chief education officer, The City of Philadelphia; Robert P. Inman, professor of finance, Wharton School University of Pennsylvania; Professor Jan C. Ting, Temple University Beasley School of Law; Lauren Vidas, president, Hazzouri and Associates; and moderator Julia Terruso, staff writer, The Philadelphia Inquirer. Additional panelists will be announced.
This Chancellor's Forum is FREE for members. A wine and cheese reception will immediately follow. To register, click here.